Parreira's plan to counter bigger, stronger opponents

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The Brazilian mentor, who spoke to snl24.com/kickoff 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.