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Brazil takes lessons from SA

2010-07-08 13:05
Johannesburg - Brazil is taking security lessons from South Africa as it prepares to host the next World Cup in 2014, the Brazilian organising committee said on Thursday.

Brazil had sent a security group to South Africa for a few days to "analyse the situation and pick the issues that need to be sorted", said organising committee chairperson Ricardo Texeira.

"We do have a security problem in Brazil..., but Brazil has organised major events and they have seen no issues," Texeira said via a translator at a media briefing at Soccer City.

'Negative into positive'

Former Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Perreira, who is also a former coach of the Brazil team, said Brazil should take lessons from South Africa and make all the "negative into positive".

"Obviously people were sceptical [about the World Cup in South Africa], but for seven years people worked very hard... to make this the success that it is," Perreira said, also via a translator.

"South Africa did very well in terms of using their resources, it has been very successful," he said.

Texeira said FIFA generally reviewed its operations after a World Cup to correct any problems in the next tournament. This would be done after the South African World Cup to improve on the Brazilian tournament, he said.

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