Zim coach hails Bafana

2010-01-28 12:17

Beaten Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa was impressed by the new-look Bafana

Bafana under Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira after the home side had

drilled his Warriors 3-0 in a friendly international played at the Moses Mabhida

Stadium last night.

The result was a boost to Bafana and Parreira who took charge of

the struggling national team in November after a disastrous run of poor form

under fellow Brazilian Joel Santana.

Parreira has played three official matches with two draws and a win

at home since taking over last November.

Said Chidzambwa: “In the end we were well beaten. In the first half

we created chances and could have scored, but we ran out of steam in the second


“I was impressed by the way Bafana pushed the ball around and they

were better than us in the second half.”

But Chidzambwa said the one area where Parreira needs to work is on

his defence.

“I thought Bafana had a lot of holes and weakness in the back four

which we should have but did not exploit.

“I think the coach (Parreira) will need to tighten up his defence

for the future.

“But going forward Bafana are awesome. They attack in numbers with

pace and looked really good on attack.”

Parreira dismissed this saying: “We made one bad mistake near the

end in defence and could have been punished. But overall I thought we were solid

in defence.”

Chidzambwa said he was building a side for the 2012 African Nations

Cup and 2014 World Cup qualifiers and was pleased by his players efforts despite

losing by three goals.

But he was full of praise and wished Bafana well for their World

Cup campaign: “I will be supporting Bafana and I am convinced after watching

them they will get past the group stages.”


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