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OUTGOING Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is still chasing his first-ever World Cup finals win with a non-Brazilian team since 1982.
Parreira is hoping Bloemfontein will be a perfect place for him to finally win a match when Bafana Bafana take on the equally not-so-convincing French side tomorrow.
This was after Bafana pocketed only one point from their two opening 2010 Fifa World Cup matches following a 1-1 draw against Mexico.
In the second game, the South Africans were offered a free soccer lesson in the second match by Uruguay who strolled to a 3-0 at Loftus Stadium last Wednesday.
The draw against Mexico was the second for Parreira in the World Cup finals with a non-Brazilian team after guiding Kuwait to a 1-1 draw with Czechoslovakia in 1982.
Besides Kuwait, Parreira has also coached United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. He lost all the matches when in charge of UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Parreira, who earns R1.5million a month, is not bothered by the fact that he is still to win a World Cup match with a non-Brazilian team.
"No, no, no, it does not bother me. People don't realise that in Kuwait we had 1000 footballers who were amateurs, there was no professional football in Kuwait," Parreira said.
"United Arab Emirates was the same. We faced the Germans who went on to become champions and at the time Emirates only had amateur football - so reaching the World Cup was a big achievement as well for them.
"It was also the same story with Saudi Arabia - in 1998 we lost to France who went on to become world champions beating Brazil 3-0 in the final. So there are no regrets from me."
Parreira, who led Brazil to the 1994 World Cup glory, said: "We are in a tough group. South Africa has good players and a good team and we did a good job to hold Mexico.
"It is not easy to contain the Mexicans as the French discovered on Thursday.
"We have a lot of respect for France, but we do not fear them at all. Our plan is to win the match and finish the group stages in great style."