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Parreira accepts that he will lose his job after the World Cup, stating that it is natural for a nation to want to be led by one of their own...

Newly appointed South Africa head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has said that he accepts the fact that after guiding Bafana Bafana to the World Cup finals he will make way for a locally born coach.


"That is only natural that South Africans want a local coach to be in charge of their team," Parreira said in an interview with Brazilian website Globoesport.com.

 

"I think it is reasonable that SAFA [the South African FA] will appoint a South African coach for Bafana after the finals in July. It is the same in Brazil that they want a Brazilian to coach their own country. I have no problems with that."

 

Parreira, who won the 1994 World Cup with his native country, takes charge of Bafana for the second time after the disastrous 17 month reign of compatriot Joel Santana, who quit last Monday after a string of shocking results, losing eight of his last nine internationals.

 

The final straw came when Bafana slumped to 85th in the FIFA world rankings earlier this month.

 

Parreira said he was happy to be back in charge of the World Cup hosts.

 

"I decided to accept the challenge because coaching the host nation at the World Cup finals will be special," said Parreira, who was reappointed by SAFA on Friday night.


"Also this will be a big chance for me to coach at the World Cup finals for the eighth time. But I realise that there are plenty of pressures that go with this job.

 

"There is a lot of work to be done, but the fact that South Africa are the host nation will be a big help in the finals. Home ground is a big advantage in the World Cup.


"That is another plus and another reason I decided to accept the job. I also know that Bafana fans are passionate and not interested in anything else but playing in the final.”

 

The coach knows that he has to lift the spirits of the players quickly. He will get a chance to stamp his mark when Bafana host Japan at the Orlando Stadium on November 14 and Jamaica on November 17 in Bloemfontein.

 

Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com

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