Parreira criticises development structures
The former Bafana coach cites reasons for the team's bad international performances.
JOHANNESBURG - Former Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira says the lack of proper development structures is behind the failings of Bafana Bafana at international level.
Parreira, who coached Bafana during the 2010 World Cup, was speaking upon landing in South Africa ahead of Brazil's friendly against the national team on Wednesday at FNB Stadium.
Parreira, who currently serves as technical director for the Brazilian national team, says getting grassroots football working properly is the key to the national team succeeding.
"If you don't build the infrastructure, you won't have a bright future at all. You have to bring in players from a very young age to give them quality, to teach them and to develop them. Then you will have a lot of players, and if you have quantity it will be easier to pick up the quality. Also, coach the coaches. Give them their licenses, and the quality of football in the country will be much better."
Parreira added that the domestic league structure also needed to be looked at in order to get more South Africans playing at the highest level.
"Five foreigners is too much for this league. Five foreigners means across 16 clubs, that 80 South African players are denied playing time every weekend. You have to give them opportunities, especially in the building process."
Meanwhile, SAFA President Danny Jordaan has thanked Brazil for accepting the invitation of a friendly, and added that Brazil will use the game to honour the memory of the late Nelson Mandela.
"The fact that the match is a tribute to Madiba and to our 20 years of democracy is something that Brazil cherishes. The seriousness with which they approach the game means our team must be ready."