Hero’s welcome for Bafana Bafana

2010-04-13 11:41

BAFANA Bafana received a hero’s welcome yesterday at the Adidas Centre in Herzogenaurach, Germany, after an 11-hour flight.

The 25-man Bafana squad, which is on a three-week training camp in Germany, was met with hordes of German cameramen and sports journalists who wanted a glimpse of Carlos Alberto Parreira’s men.

The team travelled from Joburg to the cold and drizzling Frankfurt, where they proceeded to Nuremberg on a 30-minute flight before being driven on a state-of-the-art Adidas bus to Herzogenaurach. Here they will play three training matches against Bundesliga teams, including Nurnberg on April 22 and an international friendly against China on April 28.

The most common question from German reporters, whose country hosted a successful World Cup in 2006, was: “Would South Africa make it to the next round of the 2010 World Cup, Mr. Parreira?” The response from the 1994 World Cup-winning coach was: “Of course.”

Parreira guaranteed yesterday that 15 of the 22 players to be selected for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa from June 11 to July 11 would come from the squad he travelled with to Brazil and Germany. This means the remaining seven players will be South African players based abroad.

Parreira told the curious reporters: “The South African League is full of coaches from outside of the country and I am sure these players are well drilled. I am just trying to find the right combination going forward.”

Parreira added that his wish was to see the German temperature remain at its lowest, with its highest being 6°C, so that the players could get used to the cold weather conditions as June falls in winter in Mzansi.

He believes everything is going according to his initial plan after taking over from axed Joel Santana.

“The boys are more motivated and confident than when we went to Brazil last month. I am sure this will be the attitude they adopt leading to the World Cup month,” he said.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

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


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.


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.