Parreira expects best of Bafana tonight

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
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Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - Bafana Bafana head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira says the 2010 FIFA World Cup host team should display world class football in their clash against Namibia in Durban tonight.

"Players need to understand that they are part of the elite teams since they are a world cup team, so we expect them to have confidence and they should believe in themselves. We want them to make us proud tonight.

"My message is clear to our players that they need to believe in their strength. I am personally not worried about their physical shape because their technical quality is perfect on the pitch," Parreira said in a radio interview on Tuesday.

He said Bafana should go to the 100 days countdown match relaxed, but with the view to do the best they can.

"I want them to enjoy the game, but they must deliver. I want to see them displaying their best football skills without being afraid to take their own decision on the pitch, but all these can be done with confidence," he said.

Orlando Pirates sensational midfielder, Teko Modise, will lead Bafana as the team's skipper. While some people are worried about Modise's performance, Parreira said: "This is a gifted player who does unexpected things with the ball. His performance might be below par than his team, but I hope that he will be fit. I trust the boy and he will be helpful to the squad."

All Bafana players, including four European-based defenders Bradley Carnell, Anele Ngcongca, Bevan Fransman and Bryce Moon, had arrived in Durban for the team's camp on Tuesday. The match kicks off at 8.30pm tonight at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Parreira is on Thursday expected to announce the squad which will travel to both the Brazil and Germany camps to prepare for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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