Parreira’s reappointment is WRONG

2009-10-24 15:29

THE South African Football Association (Safa) is off side in reappointing Carlos Alberto Parreira as the national coach.
There is no guarantee that he will do better the second time around.

It is a known fact that when a ship sinks, its captain should be the last to jump, but the Brazilian quickly dumped the country when he realised that ­Bafana Bafana were not going to qualify for the African Cup of Nations (ACN) in Angola next year.

This tournament would have provided the much-needed competitive training ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

Parreira should have recommended a better replacement than his compatriot, Joel Santana, who had no international coaching experience.

If he was committed to the course he should have brought his sickly wife to these shores, as we have world-class ­medical facilities.

This country has proved to be a very forgiving nation through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), but sometimes we reconcile in situations which are irreconcilable, like Free State University vice-chancellor Professor Jonathan Jansen’s decision to drop the university’s internal charges against the students who humiliated workers at the institution.

Parreira is not stupid, and he knows that there are not many hurdles ahead before the biggest soccer contest kicks off in eight months’ time.

He knows that there is no pressure going forward, and coaching at yet another World Cup will enhance his already well-decorated CV.

He has nothing to lose by coming here this time around. Had he stayed, Parreira knew he would have been faced withthe prospect of playing ACN qualifiers. This – and having failed to qualify for the ACN – would have dented his image in world soccer.

It is history now that Bafana failed to proceed to the second round of the ­qualifiers and have missed an opportunity to test our readiness against our ­African counterparts in January/February next year.

Instead we have resorted to playing meaningless friendly games which cost Santana his job.

Shortly after he took charge of Bafana, he knew that South African players could never be world beaters.

Under Parreira, Bafana, just like at the previous Nations Cup in Tunisia and Egypt, were knocked out in the first round of the tournament in Ghana.

The only difference was that we managed to score two goals and earned two points before we were sent packing.
In Egypt (2006) we did not even earn a point or score a goal.

It is not that Parreira performed miracles for Bafana during his stint of 13 months.

Under his leadership Bafana played 21 games of which we won nine, drew six and lost six – hardly an impressive record that warrants his return.

There is no doubt that Parreira is a world-class coach with a history and a high profile.

He has coached the world superstars of soccer. But do we have those ­superstars? No.

It will be like Michael Schumacher swopping his Ferrari for a VW beetle – a mismatch.

Our squad is ordinary and even if we bring in an extraordinary coach he cannot change the situation.

Parreira, who coached Brazil to victory at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, was sacked by Brazilian side Fluminense after eight wins, nine draws and seven losses in 24 matches.

As a top-class coach he obviously will not come cheap, just like before.

He earned about R23.4 million in the 13 months he was here before, and took us nowhere.

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