Coach unveils his programme

Sipho Mthembu

Sipho Mthembu

The Premier Soccer League has lauded Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira for his professionalism.

PSL general manager Andrew Dipela said the Brazilian has already supplied the league with his programme for the whole year.

"We know what his plans are and the fact that we have his full programme will allow us to factor in the senior national team when we draft the 2007-08 season fixtures.

"We have also noted the coach's confidence that the team will be in Ghana (for the Africa Cup of Nations) next year.

"He has pencilled in three friendlies for the period between October and December which will be the final preparation for the Nations Cup," Dipela said.

"The coach is very understanding and appreciated the difficulties we always have with reconciling the PSL and Bafana Bafana programmes.

"That he has given us his schedule so far ahead will enable us to sort sensitive stuff like insurances on time. You need to have the status of the games elevated to official friendlies to be covered by insurance," Dipela pointed out.

Dipela admitted for the first time yesterday that it was the PSL's duty to build a strong national team.

"The responsibility of having a strong Bafana team must be shouldered by the PSL and we have reached a consensus with the coach in that regard," he said.

Parreira is expected to name a squad of locally-based players to take on Swaziland in a friendly on March 13 sometime this week or early next week.

He requested the friendly as his final preparation before he leads the team in an Afcon qualifier against Chad on March 24.