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mzansi has talent - Vieira

By unknown | Dec 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Brazilian coach Jorvan Vieira plans to open a soccer academy in South Africa as part of the 2010 World Cup legacy projects.

The motor-mouthed Vieira has announced that he will quit his job as coach of Iraq after the 2009 Confederations Cup to focus on development.

"I would love to open an academy in South Africa and hope to discuss the issue with your government, you guys don't have a problem with talent."

The well-travelled Vieira already has academies in Morocco and Portugal and will open a third in Dubai next year.

Iraq qualified for the Festival of Champions after winning the Asian Cup.

"It's great to guide Iraq, we are looking forward to doing well in the Confederations Cup in South Africa," said Vieira.

"The plan is to arrive early and play a series of friendlies.

"We have already clinched a friendly with Italy in the build-up to the tournament, everybody is looking forward to coming to South Africa.

"Iraq is not what people think, we have a good national team of 40 players who are based abroad. We will put up a great show in South Africa."

On their opening Confederations Cup game against Bafana Bafana, Vieira said: "It will be a tough one, but we won't be pushovers.

"I know that 70 percent of your players are based in South Africa, which makes it easier for coach Joel Santana to work with them on a regular basis."

Vieira first came to South Africa in 1985 as coach of Moroccan side, FAR Rabat to play Orlando Pirates, the ultimate winners of the African Champions League.

"South Africa is a great country, I can see you guys are ready for the 2010 World Cup," said Vieira, whose family in based in Morocco.


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