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Bafana ‘far from ready’

SOUTH Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira feels that hosts South Africa are “far from ready” to play at the 2010 World Cup.

The Brazilian led his country to the 1994 World Cup title, but is finding it hard to get Bafana Bafana

moving in the right direction.

After a shock 3-1 home defeat by Zambia in a Nations Cup qualifier on Sunday, South Africa drew 0-0 in a friendly with Uruguay on Wednesday.

“It’s just the beginning. I have been here for eight months,” said Parreira, who has a US$252 000 monthly salary.

“You don’t have a (best) team in eight months. We need much more time, maybe only by next February or March.”

“It’s a building process going to the African Nations Cup in 2008, (and the 2009) Confederations Cup, now it’s just the beginning of the work.”

Parreira has identified goal-shy local players and Bafana Bafana’s style of play as problems.

“It’s against my religion to play the ball long, not building from behind, holding possession, he said”

“I don’t think it’s the right way, especially for Africans.”

There are widespread concerns that South Africa will not be ready to hold their own on the pitch as hosts in 2010.

But Parreira remains optimistic that there is enough time remaining.

“First, we have to build a team, find a way of positional play, have a philosophy of play, and try as many players as we can.

“In 2007 and 2008 mainly you have to check all the players in the country.

“In 2009 and 2010 we have to concentrate mainly on building the team.”

South Africa have dropped down the world rankings to 61st place, and failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

They went home from the 2006 Nations Cup finals in without a single point and having scored no goals. — BBC Sport.

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