Cool Carlos Parreira admits: ‘I’m burning inside’

2010-06-16 00:00

BAFANA Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has revealed that he does feel the nerves of coaching the South African team as the World Cup hosts, despite his calm exterior.

The South Africans play Uruguay tonight in a match that could make history if Bafana win it, because it would see the unfancied, lowest-ever ranked host nation (83rd) all but qualify for the second round, and against the expectations of most.

Parreira has impressed foreign journalists with his clear, relaxed manner in press conferences and interviews, and was asked yesterday how he remains so calm.

“This morning I woke up at 5 am,” the coach replied. “There is something that can tell you.

“I am not stressed, I am not panicking. But there is anxiety, of course there is.

“The whole country is behind us and expects us to deliver.

“But I have never said to my players, ‘You have to go to the next round’.

“I have told them, ‘You have to believe in yourselves and in the work you have done, and in the quality you have as you proved in the second half [against Mexico], and then things will happen’.

“But I am not [calm]. Inside I’m burning.”

The coach was asked what Bafana’s opinion is about the vuvuzela and the much-criticised Adidas Jabulani official match ball.

“We love both — the vuvuzela and the ball,” Parreira said. “We love the vuvuzelas; it’s part of our culture, it doesn’t disturb us …

“And the ball … the technology is there, everything is there.

“We have had no complaints and we have been training with this ball since the beginning of March.”

Tonight’s match takes place on Youth Day, which commemorates the 1976 Soweto uprising.

Captain Aaron Mokoena said: “We all know tomorrow is a monstrous day for South Africans, more especially for the youth.

“It’s absolutely a day that all South Africans remember and it would be really good to win the game on that day.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.