MY BAGS ARE PACKED FOR SA

WHILE South Africa continues to speculate on who will replace former Bafana Bafana coach Joel Santana, his compatriot Carlos Alberto Parreira hinted yesterday that his bags were packed and he was ready to head down south.

WHILE South Africa continues to speculate on who will replace former Bafana Bafana coach Joel Santana, his compatriot Carlos Alberto Parreira hinted yesterday that his bags were packed and he was ready to head down south.

According to a report in the Brazilian newspaper O'Globoyesterday, Parreira said he was waiting for a call from Safa officials, and would then take it from there.

Parreira's announcement as coach is seen as a formality and it could happen this Friday.

Soccer's world governing body Fifa had recommended him in the first place when he took over Bafana inJanuary 2007.

The Brazilian, who walked out on Bafana to nurse his ill wife 16 months ago, is the favoured candidate of Fifa leading up to the World Cup next year. He has already won the World Cup with Brazil.

Parreira was recently fired by Brazilian team Fluminense after a string of poor results.

Parreira was also quoted as saying that one of the biggest challenges for whoever takes over the Bafana coaching job will be to lift the players' spirits.

"The new coach that takes over will have to break this barrier. They are feeling down after eight defeats," said Parreira.

"I will study the situation with care when they call me with their proposal, but it is possible for me to return.

"There is immense pressure and I know they (South Africans) respect me.

"For one thing, I stuck with my selections and I never allowed pressure from anyone to influence me," Parreira said.

Parreira also told O'Globo that he had spoken withSantana after the latter's sacking by Safa on Monday.

Parreira also told Globonews: "There is a strong indication that they want to keep the 'Brazilian School' which adapted so well to South African football.

"There is a possibility that there will be an invitation. It's my intention to analyse the situation if thishappens."

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