Parreira turns on the charm for assessors
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.