Tournament News

Parreira still demands more

2010-01-28 09:23

Johannesburg - Although Carlos Alberto Parreira expressed his happiness with the 3-0 win over Zimbabwe, he believes that South Africa can do even better.

Bafana Bafana scored three second-half goals with Siphiwe Tshabalala handing the World Cup hosts the lead with a stunning set-piece. Thulasizwe Mbuyane scored the second after a sweeping attacking move and Lucas Thwala's injury-time header completed the rout.

After the match Parreira said, "Of course we're happy with the result. It's only been 12 days camp in camp after a long break and it's not easy to build in just 12 days."

"But the boys did well. Today I think we deserved to win."

The Brazilian was far from enamoured by his side's showing in the first 45 minutes but he lauded their response after the break.

"In the first half we didn't play a good game. We lost the ball so many times and gave them (Zimbabwe) a chance"

"Second half, there was more pressure and we didn't allow them to build from the back."

Just after the hour-mark Parreira made a number of changes, bringing on the likes of Mbuyane, Richard Henyekane and Lance Davids, and all of them made an impact.

"Fresh players legs changed the game," explained Parreira, "We know them, they are good players."

But Parreira is adamant there is room for improvement.

"I'm happy with the two games. I insist we play more with the ball." 

 

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