Bafana’s costly Deutsch camp

2010-04-18 12:44

BAFANA Bafana should repay the SA Football Association (Safa) the money spent on their Brazil and Germany training facilities.

This is according to Safa head of delegation Xolani Mtumtum.

It is estimated that Safa could spend €4 million (R40 million) on Bafana’s three-week training camp in Germany – where they are staying in a five-star hotel – on top of the R8 million spent on their South American tour last month.

Mtumtum said the 2010 Fifa World Cup hosts must reach the ­final of the soccer spectacle on July 11 after all the support they have had from his association and its main sponsors – Absa, Castle and Adidas.

The team is currently based in Herzogenaurach, where it is preparing for friendlies against Estonia on Tuesday, Nuremberg on Thursday and China next Wednesday before returning home on April 29.

The team’s base, Adi Dassler Sports Centre, is within walking distance from their hotel and is well-equipped with everything that coach Carlos Parreira and physical trainer Francisco Gonzalez could possibly want.

The gymnasium compares well with the High-Performance Centre in Hatfield, Tshwane, which will be used by Diego Maradona’s Argentina for the World Cup.

Ironically, the Adi Dassler sports centre was used by Argentina during the 2006 Fifa World Cup, which was staged in Germany.

The gym in Germany has all the requisite equipment for national players to get into shape.

But Mtumtum is of the opinion that the players and the coach should not be put under pressure during the World Cup.

“If we don’t put them under pressure, then results will come automatically, as we have the best coach in the world,” he said.

“Parreira knows what he wants and, judging by his coaching philosophy, I can see the direction we are taking,” said Mtumtum.

“I am impressed with the gymnasium and the grounds. The coach is happy with the facilities.”

He said the team’s accommodation in Germany was of the best standard and the players loved it.

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