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Starting From Scratch

The South African organisers want to replicate the fervour and joy that was so central to the last FIFA World Cup™ finals that were a staggering success, but Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national side, have been tumbling down the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in recent years and they have persistently failed to achieve on the international stage, which was why Carlos Alberto Parreira has been brought in to build a side for the 2010 FIFA World Cup’™.
He has been in his post for just over 12 months now and it is certainly a daunting task. “It is like having to start from scratch,” says the Brazilian, consistent in his criticism of South Africa’s poor youth and amateur structures, which have likely cost the country many potential stars who have slipped through the net.
Parreira ran into an immediate storm upon arrival in South Africa in January 2007, the size of his salary dominating the headlines. He admitted that he was initially shocked and surprised by the mixed reception, but he is evidently warming to the task of coaching Bafana Bafana.