Parreira not staying on

2010-05-31 08:28

Bafana Bafana head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has squashed

speculation he could extend his contract with the South African Football

Association beyond the World Cup.

The Brazilian-born Parreira, who answered an SOS from Safa last

November to rescue the ailing Bafana after a disastrous 17-month reign by fellow

countryman Joel Santana, said prior to the national side’s friendly against

Guatemala at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium tonight, he would be returning to his

family in Brazil once his contract with Safa expires after the World Cup in


“I am not thinking about my long term future. I am totally focused

on my job and the first priority is to ensure Bafana reaches at least the second

round of the World Cup. Once we have achieved that, anything can happen in the

knockout stages,” said Parreira.

Bafana open the global showpiece against Mexico at Soccer City on

June 11, then play Uruguay at Loftus on June 16 and end the first phase with a

clash against 1998 world champions France in Bloemfontein on June 22.

Safa’s long term plan is to groom a local successor to Parreira.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani stressed when Parreira was rehired last

November that a South African coach would be in charge after the World


However, with Parreira breathing new life in a side that were

considered no hoppers for the World Cup, there has been rumours he might be

tempted to stay on for the 2012 African Nations Cup qualifiers in another


“There has been talk of me being a sort of director of coaching or

something like that, but I have said no as I want to get back to my children and

grandchildren in Brazil.

“I really miss my family. I have been away for five months and

leave Bafana and South Africa after the World Cup, but I am determined to leave

them in a strong position of at least having qualified for the second round of

the World Cup.

“I have been coaching at many World Cups (2010 will be his sixth)

in 42 years in soccer. I think I have earned a rest,” stated Parreira.

Parreira has brought back the pride and passion to the players who

are now giving 100% commitment and are prepared to fight for their jersey, and

that alone is a good platform for the new coach to build on after the World


The leading contenders to succeed Parreira are assistant coach

Pitso Mosimane and SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt.


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