SA embassy gears for SWC

2012-09-06 16:28

Johannesburg - The South African embassy in Brazil is preparing to host visitors from the country during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the hope that the national team qualifies for the tournament.

Mphakama Mbete, the SA embassador to the South American nation, who hosted Bafana Bafana at a dinner in Sao Paulo on Wednesday night, said they need potential visitors to let the consulate know what they need in advance.

"We want to have a sense of what the football community in South Africa wants when they come here in 2014," Mbete said.

"Early next year we want to begin distributing information on accommodation, tourism and public transport on the major cities where the matches will be held.

"We will also monitor next year's Confederation Cup so we can anticipate people's various needs."

Mbete wished Bafana well ahead of a friendly international against five-time world champions Brazil in Sao Paulo on Friday.

"I dont remember us beating Brazil in the recent past, but I believe you can do it," he told the players.

"The Brazilians I speak to believe their current team is not up to scratch and you boys will do us proud."

South Africa have never beaten Brazil's senior national team.

Having drawn their first two 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and Botswana, Bafana will need to be on form in their last four games if they hope to book their place at the global showpiece.

Bafana need to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which will be hosted by South Africa, to qualify for the Confederation Cup.