Parreira rages

2010-04-25 12:10

BAFANA Bafana coach Carlos ­Parreira was left fuming on Friday

after China cancelled their friendly game against the South African senior

national team which was scheduled for Wednesday in Germany.

Parreira, already short of sufficient games to prepare the team for

the World Cup, reacted angrily and threw his hands in the air in public after

being told the news of the ­cancellation.

His reaction left SA Football ­Association (Safa) boss Leslie

Sedibe screaming Parreira’s name while he walked away towards the players. Said

Parreira afterwards: “You know what, I don’t care any more. I wanted to play

national teams so that the boys can have a feel of the World Cup.

“This is rather too much after all the things that have happened


But Safa is not taking the matter lightly as Sedibe said they

intended taking serious action against the China Football Association.

The late cancellation, reported to be due to flight problems in

Europe after the Iceland volcanic eruption a week ago, has thrown Bafana’s

three-week training camp in ­Germany into complete chaos.

This was the last of the friendlies planned in Germany after a

rather dull 0-0 draw against North Korea at the Brita Arena in Wiesbaden,

Frankfurt, on Thursday.

Sedibe said that they were considering consulting with Fifa on how

to deal with the China FA in the same way Safa had solved issues with


Safa forked out R1.25 million in a settlement with Chile after

Bafana cancelled their friendly scheduled for March 3, but did play Namibia in

celebration of the 100-days countdown to the 2010 World Cup in June.

On Friday Sedibe stressed that ­international protocol dictated

that member associations believed agreements existed to be honoured.

“I don’t understand,” said Sedibe.

“We will take it up with Fifa. We had an agreement with China FA.

This is not the type of news we were expecting. But in the circumstances – an

act of God – there’s little we can do.”

In their letter to Sedibe, China said: “To ensure that our players

return to China on time for the Super League, I’m sorry we have to find another

time for this game.”

The Korea match was also a subject of controversy after they

initially cancelled before changing their minds. Immediately after Korea changed

their minds, Bundesliga side FC Nuremberg, who could only allow their reserve

side to play ­Bafana, were dropped.

Estonia also left Bafana in the lurch by cancelling their friendly,

which was due to be played ­yesterday.

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