Parreira's plan to counter bigger, stronger opponents


The Brazilian mentor, who spoke to at the national team’s training camp in Durban yesterday, was speaking about Bafana’s opponents in Ghana, Angola, Tunisia and Senegal and the road ahead.

“It’s important to have a good physique, but football, thank God, is not a game of physique and power. We know in Brazil that it is a game of technique and skills, good discipline and organisation.

“And we do also have our own strong players at the back and in the midfield. It is a question of technique and to be strong mentally and well-organised on the ground, where I think we can do something against our opponents.”

_quoteParreira added that he viewed the Caf competition as a further building block towards putting together a competitive team for the 2010 World Cup.

“We are going to use the Nations Cup as a bridge to the World Cup. It is important to give a golden opportunity to the new players to show to themselves they are ready to represent the country.

“We have a lot of new players in this team, surrounded by the experience of the captain [Aaron Mokoena], Nasief [Morris] and [Sibusiso] Zuma, who will give the younger players stability.

“I am sure the players will respond properly. I am not saying we will win the competition, but I am sure our team will do well, I have no doubt about that.”

The Brazilian said he expects games in Ghana to be played at a slow pace because of the heat, which he expects to around 37 degrees centigrade.

Bafana depart for Ghana on January 18.