Pienaar boosts Parreira's World Cup plan

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23-5-2010

Pretoria- Carlos Alberto Parreira's plans of having quality players at every position at the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup will soon become a reality.

This follows the arrival of Everton's star midfielder, Steven Pienaar at the Bafana training camp in Johannesburg.

Upon his arrival, the England-based player who was recently named as Everton's player of the year immediately underwent medical and physical tests.

After thrashing Thailand 4-nil at Bombela Stadium a week ago, Bafana Bafana will lock horns against Bulgaria at the revamped Orlando stadium in Soweto tomorrow night. Kick-off is at 8:35pm.

The Bulgarian national team arrived in the country on Friday morning and was received by Bafana Bafana's Head of Delegation Xolani Mtumtum.

The Bulgarian's commenced with their training session on Friday evening in Randburg.

Tickets for the match are on sale at Computicket outlets and at Shoprite-Checkers stores countrywide at R40.

Meanwhile, the South African Football Association (Safa) took a decision to take Andile Jali for specialist assessment ahead of the finalization of the squad on May 31.

Safa's director of communications, Morio Sanyane said this is as a result of corroboration by a second opinion of a medical report that initially detected what doctors referred to as mild cardiovascular condition.

"The doctors emphasised that this was a condition not a disease.

"The initial report came from a routine medical assessment of all the players selected for Bafana Bafana. When the condition was detected it was referred for second opinion," he said.

The report from the second opinion, which was received last Monday, confirmed the initial assessment.

"Safa is heeding a doctor's recommendation that Jali travel to the University of Florida Gainsville Medical Centre in the United States as this facility has a track record of dealing with athletes in this area of medicine," he said.

Sanyane said Jali's tests will be performed on time for him to be available for the finalisation of the squad

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