An unnamed source at the South African FA has revealed that Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira is the new Bafana Bafana coach.According a SAFA official who wanted to remain anonymous in a Kickoff.com report, Parreira arrived in the country this morning to take his job as Bafana coach in preparation for the World Cup to be hosted by South Africa next year.
“Parreira arrived in the country this morning together with Sipho Nkumane [Bafana Bafana manager],” he added when speaking to Kickoff.com.
SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt who was also touted to be among the favourites for the position vacated by Joel Santana, also confirmed that SAFA had already made an appointment.
“I am staying with SuperSport United and SAFA have appointed another new coach,” said Hunt to the website after United’s training session in Pretoria this morning.
Hunt was among the many critics who were opposed to the return of the 66-year-old tactician. Reports from the Brazilian media indicate that 2010 Chief Executive Danny Jordaan brokered the deal after he flew into Rio de Janeiro yesterday following a meeting on Wednesday with United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.
Jordaan was one of the people who first negotiated with Parreira for his services more than three years ago. Earlier this week Parreira admitted that he had been approached by SAFA but he did not know whom he would be meeting and when.
Late yesterday, he was still playing his cards close to his chest. “There is an interest but nothing definitive. I can't release any declaration, for the moment there is no agreement,” was all he would say.
Now in South Africa, the indications are that he will be unveiled at SAFA executive meeting which is underway in Kempton Park today.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com