Parreira to coach S Africa

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira officially agreed to manage 2010 World Cup host South Africa on Wednesday.

Parreira to coach S Africa

Sao Paulo, Brazil:

Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira officially agreed to manage 2010 World Cup host South Africa on Wednesday.Parreira, who resigned from Brazil after the team's disappointing World Cup elimination, signed a four-year contract after final details were agreed with the South African Football Association in Rio de Janeiro.Parreira, 63, will begin coaching the South Africans in February."I wanted to spend more time with my family and they understood that," Parreira said.He will become the nation's 14th coach since it returned to international competition 14 years ago.South Africa, the 1998 African Cup champion, qualified for the 1998 and 2002 World Cups but finished third in its qualifying group for 2006, five points behind qualifier Ghana.It managed a 1-0 victory over lightly regarded Namibia in a friendly on Wednesday without Parreira.Parreira led Brazil to its fourth world title in the 1994 World Cup in the United States.If he coaches another nation in 2010 finals, he would become the only man to manage a team at six World Cups. (AP)



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