South Africa's top football officials have appealed for a positive public reaction to the reappointment of Carlos Alberto Parreira as coach following a weekend of criticism.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) said it was aware of
the general feeling that a local trainer should have been given the job
of leading the side to the 2010 World Cup finals on home soil.
"We are pleading with the public to accept Parreira and let him prepare
our team for the World Cup," SAFA vice president Mwelo Nonkonyana said
in a radio interview on Monday, according to SuperSport.
"We are aware of what some leading football personalities and what the
public are saying, but we believe Parreira is the best choice to lead
The 66-year-old Brazilian, who took his own country to the World Cup in
1994, was South Africa's coach from 2007 to April 2008 but quit when
his wife became ill.
He recommended Joel Santana as his successor, but after 18 months and
growing concern over the form of the South African side, he was fired
Parreira agreed on Friday to return as coach but several former South
African national team bosses and weekend columnists in various top newspapers hit out at the decision.
The appointment also met with a barrage of abuse from radio callers, who
said the experiment with Brazilian coaches had failed and that the
team's fortunes would be better served with a South African at the
helm, a sentiment reflected in Goal.com's Fanview, which was conducted recently in the host nation.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com