IN HIS strongest comments yet on the appointment of his successor as the Bafana Bafana coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira says it would amount to "four wasted years" if Pitso Mosimane was not given the job.
Speaking at yesterday's media conference organised by Adidas, Parreira said it would be folly to look further than Mosimane. He went a step further and made the provocative suggestion that Brazilian Jairo Leal, who had been the other assistant coach, should be retained along with the team's Brazilian-born physical trainer, Francisco Gonzalez.
"My time with Bafana is over," said Parreira, who will be returning to Brazil at the end of the month, "but I see no reason why the rest of the technical team that has worked so well together and made such significant progress should now be split up."
Safa, meanwhile, has announced the next Bafana coach would be a South African and that Mosimane was the preferred candidate.
Parreira expressed pride in Bafana's performance at the World Cup in spite of the team gaining the dubious honour of becoming the first host nation in 80 years not to qualify for the second round of the competition.
"In order to gauge accurately Bafana's achievement, it is necessary in the first instance to take into account the very difficult first-round group in which South Africa found themselves - one that included two former World Cup winners in Uruguay and France and would have tested the mettle of almost any of the 32 teams competing in the tournament. And it is also necessary to take into account from where Bafana were coming in terms of ranking yet they managed to hold a team of Mexico's calibre to a draw and beat France." - Sapa