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By Linda Moreotsene | May 31, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AS SPECULATION around who will make it into Carlos Alberto Parreira's squad swirls about, decorated coach Gordon Igesund thinks the Brazilian's system will dictate his final 23-man World Cup squad.

According to Igesund, Parreira has shown the type of game he wants from Bafana Bafana and the type of players he selected in the original 30-man provisional squad and the ones he omitted speak volumes.

"Ability alone will have nothing to do with it. It is going to be very, very tough for Parreira. These players have all been fighting for him and they all want to get into the team. Some systems will suit some players, and others not so much," Igesund said.

Igesund reckons Franklin Cale, Anele Ngcongca, Lance Davids and Shu-Aib Walters look certain to face the chop.

"In Cale's case, had Parreira opted to play with wingers, I do not have a doubt he would absolutely make it. If he preferred wingers, then Daine Klate and Dikgang Mabalane would have been there.

"The coach is rightfully keeping his plans very close to his chest, but I'm sure it is a big headache for him. The strikers' department looks fine, and again it hinges on how many he fields in a match," he said.

Parreira himself seemed to have made his decisions already after the Colombia game, and tonight's match against Guatemala in Polokwane would be just another opportunity of confirmation.

"I will speak to the five players personally," Parreira said.

"It is very sad for them and it will be a very tough task for me. But I will personally handle it the best way I can. These players are going to have their dreams suddenly cut out after working very hard to be in the squad."

Left-back Innocent Mdledle is among the five players who are likely to be dropped when Parreira announces his final squad tomorrow.


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