Soccer World Cup 2010


South Africa : chosing a coach for Soccer World Cup 2010

On the 29th July 2006, it was announced that Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira had signed a 4-year contract to coach South Africa through Soccer World Cup 2010. Parreira took over from Pitso Mosimane, who was announced as temporary coach in April 2006. Prior to Parreira being appointed coach there was much speculation as to who would take over this job.

Safa were keen on getting a coach with extensive international experience and preferably with World Cup experience, which is why they waited until the end of the 2006 tournament in Germany.

List of 13

Rumour had it that a technical committee under the South African Football Association (SAFA), charged with finding a coach for the national squad Bafana Bafana had set up a shortlist of 13, on which there are Brazilians Carlos Alberto Parreira and Luiz Felipe Scolari, Dutchman Guus Hiddink, Barcelona's Frank Rijkaard, outgoing England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and domestic coaches Jomo Sono, Pitso Mosimane, Gordon Igesund and Steve Komphela & two Nigerians - Augustine Eguavoen and Stephen Keshi.

Carlos Alberto Parreira

Parreira's contract with Brazil expired at the end of the World Cup in Germany this year. The 63-year old (2006) Parreira has a great track record, having led Brazil to their fourth World Cup title in the United States. In 2000 South Africa attempted to obtain Parreira's services, but he was "not ready" and they settled for their second choice, Carlos Queiroz. Parreira took over as Brazilian national coach in 2003, succeeding Luiz Felipe Scolari (who is coaching Portugal).

Parreira had said he would step down regardless of Brazil's performance in Germany, but changed his mind in an interview in April 2006 with Brazil's largest newspaper, the Folha de S. Paulo. "There is only one possibility: I have to be world champion," Parreira said. "I've never seen a coach in Brazil lose the World Cup and continue in the job." Parreira mentioned he has other options. "I have invitations to work as a consultant and to help set up teams," he said, adding that he has also received offers to coach other national teams. In 111 matches Parreira has led Brazil to 58 victories, 39 draws and 14 losses.

On the 19th July 2006, following the South Americans' poor showing at the World Cup, Parreira quit his post as head coach of Brazil (after 3 years at the helm). An anonymous source on the South African Football Association executive says Parreira has agreed to the financial terms and that all that is required now is his signature. "It's merely a formality now; the only thing that we are waiting for is his signature and it might be announced over the weekend."

On the 20th July 2006 Parreira announced that he would lead Bafana Bafana during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. This announcement caught the South African Football Association (SAFA) off guard: “That must be a joke. We are not playing hide and seek here and we are certainly not trying to delay anything. I ask the nation to wait just for a few more days and I can assure you that everybody will be happy (with our choice of coach). I agree we have lost a lot of time but there is nothing fishy going on.” Ted Dumitru (who sits on SAFA's technical committee).

Domestic South Africans

The odds are not on any domestic South African getting the coaching job as SAFA is on record as saying they intend recruiting a world class mentor with huge international experience.

Sven-Goran Eriksson

The England Coach, Eriksson, enjoys a high profile due to his England coaching job, which expires after the 2006 World Cup. Eriksson was tipped to be a favorite of South Africa after a BBC interview last month with Danny Jordaan, chief of the Local Organizing Committee of the 2010 World Cup.

Hiddink and Rijkaard

Hiddink and Rijkaard have solid track records. South Korea's hired Guus Hiddink in similar circumstances and was rewarded with a semi-final place in the 2002 World Cupfour years ago. Hiddink currently (April 2006) coaches PSL Eindhoven and Australia. Rijkaard is a former Dutch coach and is nowin charge at Barcelona.

Pitso Mosimane announced as temporary coach (April 2006)

Mosimane has been placed in charge of the South African team for the Cosafa Cup tournament, which kicks off for Bafana Bafana with a game against Swaziland in Gaborone on the 20th May 2006.

Mosimane said on Tuesday 11th April 2006, "Being appointed as Bafana coach for the Cosafa Cup is the highlight of my career. It is without doubt my greatest achievement and I am very proud to have got this far. Now that I have the ball I intend running with it for as long as a can, hopefully until 2010. The perception is that the Cosafa Cup is not important. That has to end. This is the first step on the road to not just the 2010 World Cup finals but to field a strong side in the 2008 Nations Cup (in Ghana). Even if I do not get the Bafana job on a permanent basis I want to leave a platform for whoever takes over so he can build from what I started. The Cosafa Cup is played outside the Fifa calendar. Therefore it is more difficult getting certain players released. But I am aware of the difficulty and will work around it. This (Cosafa Cup) is a huge opportunity for the players to make amends. The core of the Cosafa Cup squad will come from the Nations Cup squad. That is why I will be working day and night trying to get the best possible squad assembled. I know I will be judged on my results. I am confident I can succeed.

Mosimane will be working with South African Under-23 coach, Steve Komphela.


21 July 2006

Parreira sets cat among the pigeons 


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