Bafana’s training details sketchy

2010-02-28 12:15

THERE seems to be a cloud of ­uncertainty surrounding Bafana

Bafana’s World Cup preparations.

Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira’s charges were supposed to leave for

Brazil next week to set up training camp there for a month. However, with barely

a week to go, details are still sketchy – culminating in the nation being left

in the dark regarding the squad and their travelling arrangements.

There has been confusion within the South African Football

Association (Safa) with ­regard to the ­exact venues the Bafana squad will be

based at for the camp.

All the details were supposed to have been revealed to members of

the media by Thursday but nothing happened.

Meanwhile, Bafana team manager Sipho Nkumane has promised that

everything would be outlined this week.

“The camp is on and the first group will leave on March 8 but all

the details will be disclosed by next week,” said Nkumane, adding that Parreira

would also announce the team for the Brazil camp then, a day after the match

against neighbours Namibia on Wednesday evening at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in


South Africa was the first nation to qualify for the World Cup

finals, but the nation has been kept guessing regarding developments in the

national team camp.

This week Safa was forced to move the Bafana base camp from Esselen

Park in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, to Sandton after ­discovering that the venue

was in such bad shape that it needed refurbishment to the tune of about

R16?million. To exacerbate the situation, last week City Press reported that the

players had not been paid their ­salaries for their international friendly

against Zimbabwe in January.

With the new regime having promised to turn the ­association’s

previous bad record around, it ­appears Bafana’s fortunes are heading for

disaster ahead of the big kick-off at Soccer City against Mexico on June


The big question is: how long will South Africans be kept guessing

about Bafana’s preparations?

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