New coach

2009-10-24 06:51


CARLOS Alberto Parreira was yesterday announced as the new Bafana Bafana coach.

Parreira will replace his countryman, Joel Santana, at the helm of Bafana after his dismissal on Monday.

Addressing a packed media conference, Safa president Kirsten Nematandani said it was not an easy decision to make as the national executive of the organisation was divided on the matter.

He said some members wanted Santana’s successor to be a local coach but in the end they agreed on Parreira.

“We want him to come and finish what he had started the last time he was here. He has the pedigree and knows our football hence we felt he is the right man for the job,” said Nematandani.

He was, however, quick to point out that the next coach would be a South African, after the World Cup.

Nematandani further said they would also add another assistant coach

Parreira, who left the Bafana coaching job last year before the African Cup of Nations qualifiers, is expected in the country early next month. He will be on the bench when Bafana take on Japan on November 14 at Orlando Stadium.

Nematandani could not say how much the Brazilian would earn this time around but assured the public that it would not be the same R1, 8 million he was earning in the 16 months he was here before.

“We urge the public to support the new coach because we have faith in him that he is the perfect guy for the job.”

He said Parreira’s mandate was to prepare the team for the World Cup and they were hopeful that he would not disappoint.

Nematandani added that they had asked Parreira to bring his family along to avoid what happened in the past when he cited his wife’s illness as his  reason to leave the job.

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