Parreira: Bafana’s former coach backs them to perform at a ‘beautiful World Cup’

2008-05-12 00:00

Johannesburg — Former Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, back home in Brazil, is singing South Africa’s praises, saying, “It’s going to be a beautiful World Cup”.

In one of his first interviews after returning to South America, Parreira said that prior to his arrival in South Africa, the team used to play ugly, direct football.

“The team has already begun to incorporate quick ‘one-twos’ — something that they didn’t know how to do.

“There is a huge expectation in South Africa that Bafana will reach the second round of the 2010 World Cup.

“It’s going to be a beautiful World Cup, a surprise. The nine or 10 stadiums that are going to be used are well ahead of schedule. South Africa’s hotels, transport and telephone systems are of good quality. They have everything. The major worry is security — but that’s no … worse than we see in Brazil.”

Parreira said that apart from Joel Santana, he supplied Safa with a huge list of possible successors.

“I wouldn’t like to give all the names, but included were Luis Felipe Scolari and Vanderlei Luxemburgo da Silva, who is currently head coach at Palmeiras.” — News24.

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