Bafana win lifts Parreira

BAFANA Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira reckons there is light at the end of the tunnel for the 2010 Fifa World Cup host team.

BAFANA Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira reckons there is light at the end of the tunnel for the 2010 Fifa World Cup host team.

Speaking after their 2-0 win over Jamaica in Germany on Wednesday night, Parreira said he he was impressed with the way the team dealt with aerial balls. Surprise Moriri and Siyabonga Nomvethe scored the two goals to end Bafana's three-week training camp in Germany on a high note.

"My boys were ready for the challenge posed by Jamaica and we dealt properly with them, especially the high balls and dead- ball situations where they are good," said Parreira.

"It's true we didn't have too many opportunities to score because they were attacking all the time, but the few chances that we got we made good use of. That is a good point from us. In a match you can have 10 opportunities but still not get a goal, so this was good for us. As a preparation game this was an important win for us.

"The game was very tough, but all in all I am happy with the performance of the team, it was much better than the one we put out against North Korea."

Parreira made just one change to last week's team that played to a goalless draw with North Korea, who are also coming to South Africa for the World Cup, with Siboniso Gaxa coming in for Thabo Nthethe.

Bafana stand-in captain Teko Modise is happy with their final preparations for the World Cup. The team returns from Germany today.

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