Parreira: Bafana lack identity

2010-04-22 14:17
Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes that his side are yet to find their identity as they continue their preparations ahead of the World Cup.

Speaking at South Africa's training camp in Germany, the Brazilian said: "That is something that we are still lacking.

"If you think of Brazil or Germany, then you know exactly how they play. Other countries like Spain or the Netherlands have their own style, but we do not."

Parreira believes the reason for this is the high number of foreign coaches in the local football set-up, who all have their own unique style of play.

The same can be said of the national team, who have employed coaches from England, Peru, France, Portugal, Romania as well as South Africa and of course Brazil.

He added: "Under those circumstances, it was impossible that the team could develop its own style."

The 67-year-old believes he has found a style of play that best suits the players at his disposal, though, and hopes to continue to develop it as the World Cup count-down continues.

"I think it is best that we keep the ball on the ground. If you look at our players, you will notice that they are not physical and tall. But they have their strengths - they are technically very good, and they are fast," he added.

"We are not yet ready for the World Cup, but the team is coming along nicely."  

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