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Former Brazil coach arrives to take over South Africa squad

Former Brazil coach arrives to take over South Africa squad

Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira arrived in South Africa on Friday to try to revive the country's struggling national team.
Parreira was greeted by top officials from the South African Football Association when his flight from Brazil landed in Johannesburg.
He made no comment to journalists.
Parreira, who quit Brazil when it was eliminated by France in the quarterfinals of last year's World Cup, was named South Africa coach in July but had refused to take up the post until now because he wanted time with his family.
He plans to hold a training camp Feb. 5-7 but has given no hint about which players will figure as he tries to prepare a team to compete at the 2010 World Cup, which South Africa is hosting.
South Africa failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, exited last year's African Cup of Nations in the first round without scoring a goal, and has performed unconvincingly in international friendlies since.
FIFA has given US$10 million (euro7.8 million) to South Africa, but foreign-based players such as striker Benni McCarthy are unwilling to commit to the national squad.
Parreira has already attracted criticism over his 1.8 million rand (US$250,000; euro195,000) monthly pay package. He has dismissed this, saying he received higher offers from other teams.


Updated : 2021-04-14 12:59 GMT+08:00