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BAFANA Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira flew out of Cape Town yesterday morning with the fitness of the World Cup squad weighing heavily on his mind.

Parreira was in the Mother City to watch SA's Under-20 team in action against Nigeria at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

His surprise visit followed Amajita's stunning 3-2 victory over Brazil in the opening match of the Four Nation Invitational Tournament which got under way at Newlands Rugby Stadium last Thursday.

As a result of this display, Safa felt it was worth the while for Parreira to run the rule over the youngsters.

Parreira has just returned from Brazil where he held a training camp for Bafana.

He said that the national team have now adopted a playing style but his big concern was the physical fitness of the players.

"The one thing that we achieved at the training camp in Brazil was to identify a style of playing for the national team," said Parreira.

"The side now has a shape and the players know what is required from them.

"But the physical fitness should be much higher than where it is now.

"The defence is okay and the team is organised. The players can move with ease from defence to attack," he said.

"About 13 or so of the players who were in Brazil should make the final World Cup squad and by now they have a feeling about the way we want to play.

"Right now the bottle is half-full because we are halfway ready towards being fully prepared for the World Cup," added Parreira.

Bafana's squad leave for Germany today and will return on April 30.

Parreira was suitably impressed with Amajita even though they went down 3-1 to Nigeria.

Nigeria scored two late goals. - Sapa


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