Bafana players brimming with confidence

2010-01-21 14:28

New Bafana Bafana head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, has already

made his mark on his 29-man squad selected for a two-week camp in Durban to help

prepare for June’s World Cup finals.

The Brazilian-born Parreira, who won the World Cup with Brazil in

1994, appears to have lifted the spirit among the players after less than a week

in camp.

Bafana players face their first test when they meet Swaziland in a

training match at Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is at 4pm.

The two-week camps end next Wednesday night when Bafana host

neighbours Zimbabwe at the new Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The players worked out in a local Durban gym on Thursday morning

and then went behind closed doors for their afternoon session at the Absa

Stadium where Parreira put the final touches to his tactical plan for


SuperSport United captain and central defender Bongani Khumalo, was

oozing confidence on Thursday. “It’s been a good work-out since we arrived in

camp and training has been getting intense as we go along.

“We are working hard to get back to full fitness and realise we

have to fight hard for positions,” he said.

One of the newcomers to the Bafana set-up is Ajax Cape Town striker

Thulani Sereno.

Serero caught Parreira’s eye when he shone for the South African

Under-20 side at last year’s World Youth Championships in Egypt.

The 19 year-old who is hoping to get some game time against

Swaziland said: “I am excited with my first Bafana call-up as it came as a

complete surprise. Now that I’m here it is down to business.”

Mamelodi Sundowns new signing, winger Franklyn Cale, said his goal

was to impress and make sure he was recalled for the camps in Brazil in March

and Germany in April.

His Downs teammate and left-back Innocent Mdledle, said: “The way

they structured our training sessions is almost like pre-season preparations. It

is similar to our Confederations Cup training.”

The two overseas camps are a good idea because they will shape us

physically, mentally and give us character for the World Cup.”

On Wednesday the players signed autographs for youngsters from the

MaNtuli Foundation.

Parreira then conducted a soccer clinic for 64 children from the

Chatsworth Football Association.


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