Parreira's salary 'obscene'

2006-08-30 08:37

Johannesburg - Carlos Alberto Parreira's salary of R1.8m per month as South Africa coach was described as "shocking, sickening and obscene" by former player Roger de Sa on Tuesday.

Parreira doesn't take charge of Bafana Bafana until February but his salary details and bonuses, along with R590 000 per month for his assistant, were revealed by South African Football Association officials in parliament on Tuesday.

Parreira coached Brazil to the World Cup title in 1994 and the quarter-finals in July in Germany, and soon after signed a four-year contract to lead South Africa to the 2010 World Cup it will host.

De Sa, a former Bafana Bafana player and goalkeeping coach, and the present coach of Santos, said his stomach turned when he heard the salary revelation.

"I was driving in a squatter camp near Cape Town Airport and could not believe what I was hearing about Parreira's salary as I looked at the squalor all around me," De Sa told the South African Press Association. "I was on the way to a Red Cross centre with a R10 000 donation to help ease the tragic existence of the people in the settlement.

"The money had been collected in a fun run organized by sports personalities who included the likes of (rugby's) Schalk Burger. When I fully digested the information that a soccer coach would be earning something like R100m in less than four years in our country, my stomach turned over and the R10 000 in my pocket seemed like a sick joke."

While Parreira's salary was about on a par with other top coaches of his standing, De Sa believed it was excessive by South African standards.

"The financial structures and needs of the ordinary people in Europe are totally different to those in South Africa," De Sa said. "Let's also be frank. Without the right structures, Parreira will not produce any miracles for Bafana at the World Cup. Give Fernando Alonso or Michael Schumacher an old jalopy to drive - and they wouldn't make any difference either."

South African soccer officials received a $10m grant from Fifa to rebuild their squad for the 2010 World Cup, after failing to qualify for Germany 2006.