Zim coach praises Bafana
Carlos Alberto Parreira (File)
Durban - Beaten Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa, was impressed by the new-look Bafana Bafana under Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira after the home side had drilled his Warriors 3-0 in a friendly international played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night.
The result was a boost to Bafana and Parreira who took charge of the struggling national team in November after a disasterous run of poor form under fellow Brazilian Joel Santana.
Parreira has played three official matches with two draws and a win at home since taking over last November.
Said Chidzambwa: "In the end we were well beaten. In the first half we created chances and could have scored, but we ran out of steam in the second half.
"I was impressed by the way Bafana pushed the ball around and they were better than us in the second half."
But Chidzambwa said the one area where Parreira needs to work is on his defence. "I thought Bafana had a lot of holes and weakness in the back four which we should have but did not exploit.
"I think the coach (Parreira) will need to tighten up his defence for the future.
"But going forward Bafana are awesome. They attack in numbers with pace and looked really good on attack."
Parreira dismissed this saying: "We made one bad mistake near the end in defence and could have been punished. But overall I thought we were solid in defence."
Chidzambwa said he was building a side for the 2012 African Nations Cup and 2014 World Cup qualifiers and was pleased by his players efforts despite losing by three goals.
But he was full of praise and wished Bafana well for their World Cup campaign: "I will be supporting Bafana and I am convinced after watching them they will get past the group stages."