Exclusive: Shaun Bartlett Wants Carlos Alberto Parreira To Ring The Changes

Bartlett has said that locally based players outside of the big three clubs should get their chance, though he is not confident that it will happen...
Former South Africa striker Shaun Bartlett has urged Carlos Alberto Parreira to consider wholesale changes when he picks his first squad next week.

The Brazilian is expected to arrive in the country on Friday ahead of the friendly matches against Japan and Jamaica before announcing the squad on Thursday.

Bafana Bafana have lost eight out of their last nine matches under Joel Santana, and Bartlett, who won 74 caps and scored 24 goals for his country, believes a major shake-up of personnel is needed to improve results.

“A few of the players need to open their eyes and see what is ahead of them because not many are taking the opportunity of the incentive of playing a World Cup in our own country,” he told Goal.com

“If some of them  get a real wake-up call by being left out of the squad then maybe they will work harder to get back there. In the meantime, he should give players who have produced at club level the chance to see if they can step up a gear and do it for the national team.”

He added, “It’s likely that Parreira will stick with those he knows because there is such a short time until the tournament starts, but I’d like to see a big shake-up.”

In particular, Bartlett singled out Golden Arrows striker Richard Henyekane as a potential call-up, especially given European-based rivals Bernard Parker and Benni McCarthy are struggling to be picked for their respective club sides.

“I’m pretty sure he could step up to international level,” he said.  “The risk of going to play in Europe means you can easily fall off the radar, especially if you are not playing.

“I’d also like to see some different local players given an opportunity to prove themselves – unfortunately it seems that [Orlando] Pirates, [Kaizer] Chiefs and [Mamelodi] Sundowns stars are the first to get picked and the rest never get a chance.”

With the arguments over the South African FA’s decision to re-appoint Parreira now dying down, the focus has shifted to whether the Brazilian can transform the fortunes of a team ranked 85th in the world by FIFA.

Ed Aarons, Goal.com