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Bafana set for Denmark test

2010-02-24 13:50
Johannesburg - Carlos Alberto Parreira may have failed in his attempt to organise a friendly against Brazil, but Bafana Bafana will face Denmark in a World Cup warm-up game.

The 66-year-old attempted to arrange a match against the Samba Boys days before the kick off to the showpiece, but Dunga wants to focus on his own preparations for the tournament.

South Africa will have to settle for a clash against Denmark on June 5 as they search for more competitors.

"We're still looking for matches to play. I spoke to some coaches and they don't want to play us," Parreira explained.

"Brazil coach Dunga does not want to play us. But we'll play our final preparation game on June 5."

Parreira visited Europe recently, in a bid to get some of Bafana's stars, who are based there released for the training camps in March.

"It was a very profitable trip to Europe. It is one thing to talk to the coaches via the phone, email or blogs and another to talk to them personally."

"It won't be easy for the clubs to do that (release players out of a FIFA-sanctioned date) but they were very understanding. Fulham said that if they are not in a position where they are fighting to survive relegation, they might release Kagiso Dikgacoi before June 9.

"Everton are fighting to be in the top four, so Steven Pienaar won't be released early."

Parreira, meanwhile, must be sweating on the fitness of Benni McCarthy, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since February 10. 

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