Par­reira turns on the charm for as­ses­sors

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - SY LERMAN

JO­HAN­NES­BURG: It was a case of the the moun­tain com­ing to Muham­mad as Bafana Bafana coach Car­los Al­berto Par­reira and his tech­ni­cal staff en­ter­tained the three as­ses­sors, Gavin Hunt, Clive Barker and Jomo Sono, who were ap­pointed by the South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) to os­ten­si­bly as­sist the na­tional team in their prepa­ra­tion for the World Cup.

Be­ing a canny diplo­mat and pos­sess­ing vast ex­pe­ri­ence of his cho­sen trade, Par­reira did not tell Safa and the cho­sen tri­umver­ate to “go to hell” as was his right.

In­stead he wel­comed them on Thurs­day with the con­cil­ia­tory and ac­com­mo­dat­ing re­marks that he has “no prob­lems work­ing with any­one in foot­ball – es­pe­cially the three as­s­esors”.

Also present at the meet­ing were as­sis­tant Bafana coaches Jairo Leal and Pitso Mosi­mane and Safa tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Ser­ame Let­soaka.

Par­reira out­lined his blue­print for 2010 and said he was “pre­pared to talk to any­one for the bet­ter­ment of Bafana”.

“What I did in this meet­ing,” he added, “was share my phi­los­o­phy, and my vi­sion of the Bafana team.

“I took them through ev­ery step of the way to show what our plans are, where we are and where we are go­ing.”

The coach high­lighted as the main chal­lenges the phys­i­cal con­di­tion of the play­ers and the avail­abil­ity of over­seas­based play­ers for a camp in Brazil.

“Par­reira ex­plained his vi­sion to us,” said Hunt af­ter­wards, “and that is good.

“He also as­sured us he does not have a prob­lem work­ing with us and val­ues our in­put. In my view I think it went very well. “It was a good start­ing point,” added the Su­perS­port United coach.

“Now that I know what the coach is do­ing I am happy,” said Sono, “this will help some of us to com­ment in fu­ture when we talk about Bafana.

“Pre­vi­ously we were not af­forded such a plat­form hence we were seen as neg­a­tive peo­ple,” said Jomo Cos­mos owner and coach Sono.

“My only con­cern is that the na­tional team does ap­pear to de­fend as a unit,” said for­mer Bafana coach Barker, “and this is some­thing that needs to be rec­ti­fied as a mat­ter of ur­gency.” – Sapa

CORNERED: Car­los Al­berto Par­reira faced a Safa del­e­ga­tion.

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