Parreira may coach South Africa

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said on Friday he is close to reaching an agreement to coach the South African national team.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said on Friday he is close to reaching an agreement to coach the South African national team. Parreira, who resigned from Brazil last week, met with officials from the South African Football Association in Rio de Janeiro. "We gave a good step to finish a contract," Parreira said after the meeting. "You cannot finalise anything in one day. We agreed about financial stuff and staff, but it's a huge process to build a team." Parreira said he planned to travel to South Africa in about two weeks to finalise details on the contract. When asked how close he was to reaching an agreement, Parreira said, "We are on the way." The coach declined to give any other details. He had previously said that SAFA officials contacted him for talks even before the World Cup in Germany. The 63-year-old Parreira resigned from Brazil after the team's dismal World Cup campaign. The five-time champion played poorly and was eliminated after a 1-0 quarterfinal loss to eventual runner-up France. Parreira's first position as head of national teams was in Africa, where he coached Ghana in 1967 and 1968. Parreira led Brazil to its fourth world title in the 1994 World Cup in the United States. If he coaches another nation at the 2010 tournament in South Africa, he will break the record for most World Cups coached. He has been in five tournaments, sharing the record with Bora Milutinovic. Parreira led Kuwait in 1982, the United Arab Emirates in 1990, Saudi Arabia in 1998, and Brazil in 1994 and 2006. The Brazilian soccer confederation replaced Parreira with Dunga, a former World Cup champion with no coaching experience. (AP)

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