Bafana Bafana urgently needs a permanent base for coach Carlos Alberto Parreira to prepare his mighty warriors for the 2010 battle. So says the Brazilian himself.
“We need a training centre,” says Parreira, almost fuming.
“Myself and Jairo (Leal) have seen three places here in Gauteng and outside the province. Then I sat down with Pitso [Mosimane] and we decided we should bring this to the attention of Safa – it should be one of our priorities at the moment.
“We have given them full details. They have to go to the sponsors with this idea; it’s just a question of people moving. It’s a mess every time we camp in a hotel. If there is any country in Africa which has to have a training centre, it’s South Africa,” the Brazilian adds.
Safa will do well to heed Parreira’s exhortations.
France won the World Cup on home soil in 1998 cocooned away from the world in their famous Clairefontaine training base for most of the tournament.
Most of Aime Jacquet’s training and technical and tactical master plans – including the 3-0 drubbing of Brazil in the final - were hatched away in the bushes of Clairfontaine, outside Paris.