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South Africa reappoint Parreira

By Piers Edwards,
BBC Sport, Johannesburg

Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parriera
Carlos Alberto Parreira is to return to South Africa

Brazilian World Cup winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is to return to his old job as coach of South Africa.

The South African Football Association confirmed the move on Friday at a meeting in Johannesburg.

Parreira takes the vacant national post following Joel Santana's departure on Monday.

"It was not easy for this executive committee to arrive at this decision," South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani said.

"It does not only stop there and we felt that it was very important because of the time that we have to ensure that he comes in as soon as possible and takes the process forward.

"There were a number of candidates, but we felt that if we had to go through the process, time was against us.

"You will understand that this is a person that had started this process. The players we are looking at now are his players.

"We felt that logically after we didn't have time, it was best to get somebody who will continue with the process that he has started."

Nematandani also played down fears that the 66-year-old would again leave the country in the lurch as he did initially when he called time to be with his sick wife.


"One thing for sure is that he is going to be in the country and all those questions can be asked to him," he added.

"What we did was put it forward to him that it is important that he brings his family here."

"With so few days to go before the World Cup, surely you'll agree with us that there is a big task ahead of us.

"But we do believe it is a task that we should be able to overcome and ensure that come 2010 we have a team that can compete against the best."

Parreira's compatriot, Santana, relinquished his post after Bafana Bafana lost eight of their last nine games, while dropping to their lowest Fifa ranking since 1994.

"The coach who takes over will have to break the (losing) streak, confidence is very low," said Parreira, speaking before his appointment was announced.

Parreira's return has been criticised by several prominent South African footballing personalities, including former coaches who felt it was time to appoint a local to guide the team at the World Cup finals.

But the South African Football Association said it had already started talking to Parreira abut a possible return before firing Santana.

South Africa's next matches are at home to Japan on 14 November and Jamaica three days later.

Parreira, among 15 coaches South Africa have used over the last 17 years, will have the squad for a month in January when the local league shuts down to allow for a training camp.

Further camps are planned for Brazil and Germany in the build-up to the month-long finals, which will be hosted in 10 stadiums across South Africa from 11 June to 11 July.

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