Carlos Alberto Parreira: Bafana over major hurdle
Posted: 25 May 2010 Time: 10:24
Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes his team has scaled the intriguing hurdle of having a shape after watching his troops battle it out to a stalemate against a fairly decent quality opposition in Bulgaria at Orlando Stadium last night.
With Parreira having made noise about wanting sterner opponents for his team in preparing for the World Cup he got it last night against a resolute Bulgaria that tested the penetrative effectiveness of Bafana Bafana in the last third. "The team has a shape now and I am happy with the performance. The best result is always to win the game but in games like this we get good preparation. Playing against a team that has been together for the past three weeks was a good test for us. "We have made good progress and you can see the team is growing step by step," boasts the Brazilian who saw Siyabonga Sangweni push his side into the lead with his first international goal before Valeri Bozhinov equalised.
_quote "Getting to have a shape is always the most difficult stage to get to but I am glad we now have that shape and we will not change that. If you look at all the games that we have played since we went to Brazil, there has been a similarity in our shape and our goalkeeper has never been Man of the Match which is very good for me. "The keeper is not getting the money in all the games that we have played in all the camps which is something good for us. I am happy about this, even if my keeper is not getting the pay cheque. "This goes to show that the shape is there and I am not going to change it even if I introduce new players different to the ones that we have been working with all the camps. "Tonight we brought in Tsepo Masilela, KG (Kagisho Dikgacoi) and Aaron Mokoena, but the shape remained the same. By the time we play Denmark (May 31) we will be settled because we have to hand in our squad to Fifa the next day," says Parreira. The Brazilian gaffer appears already settled on his final 23 that will have five players dropped from the current team after games against Columbia and Denmark in the next six days. "Maybe I don’t have to give every player an opportunity in the remaining two games because some of them I have seen from the nine games in Brazil and two in Germany. Everybody has had his opportunity. "It will be a tough decision cutting down the squad because everyone has been with us here and so deserve to be in the team but it is unfortunate that Fifa only allows 23 players," he says.