Parreira reveals a 29-man South Africa shortlist – Benni McCarthy re-called

11th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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In the previous World Cup finals back in 2006 where Germany were the hosts, the Germans were being touted as one of the worst host nations ever on paper, tipped to flop right from the outset. Michael Ballack and Co later went on to finish as a losing semi-finalist to the dismay of the viewing public and their many earlier critics. South Africa were elected as the hosts for the 2010 World Cup and they make the German team of 2006 look like world beaters in comparison, so just who will represent the hosts on the their own turf?

There is always an enormous, unparalleled if you like, pressure on the host nation, not just to put on a good show for the millions of global spectators, a well prepared and organised tournament, but to achieve a decent run in the prestigious tournament themselves. With South Africa however, that doesn’t look likely and the concerns surrounding the hosts has been apparent for quite some time. They did, however, surprise many with their antics in the World Cup prep tournament, finishing in fourth place in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, but the then manager, Joel Santana, later went on to lose his job after a run of poor results in friendlies, with Carlos Alberto Parreira taking over. The Brazilian has a wealth of managerial experience and his first serious job in charge of the South Africa nation team was to name a squad capable of at least making it out of Group A.


So, on Tuesday 11th May, Parreria named a provisional squad containing 29 South Africa players, and to say a large portion of them ring very few bells would be putting it lightly. The obvious highlight was West Ham forward Benni McCarthy. The former Blackburn striker is the country’s most prolific goalscorer with 35 goals in 78 appearances although has rarely featured for his new club through injuries. The South Africa captain, Aaron Mokeona, formerly of Blackburn Rovers but now a part of the Portsmouth side which was recently relegated from the Premiership, Fulham’s Kagisho Dikagcoi and Everton’s Steven Pienaar are the only Premiership inclusions in Parreria’s squad, with 19 plying their trade in the South African Premier League – A severe lack of big club experience looks a massive area of concern.

In all, just 10 players of Carlos Alverto Parreria‘s 29-man short-list are employed across Europe meaning a large section of his team haven’t had the benefit of playing on some of Europe’s elite divisions, against some of the world’s bets players and making use of some to-rate training facilities.


Carlos Alberto Parreria‘s first task will be to have South Africa fit and raring to go by the 11th June when they kick-off the tournament, hopefully in style, against Mexico. South Africa will later take on Uruguay and 1998 FIFA World Cup winners France.


South Africa 29-man Provisional Squad:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Moeneeb Josephs, Shu-Aib Walters, Rowen Fernandez

Defenders: Matthew Booth, Siboniso Gaxa, Innocent Mdledle, Bongani Khumalo, Tsepo Masilela, Aaron Mokoena, Bryce Moon, Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Sangweni, Lucas Thwala

Midfielders: Surprise Moriri, Franklin Cale, Lance Davids, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Andile Jali, Teko Modisa, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Thanduyise Khuboni, Steven Pienaar, MacBeth Sibaya

Forwards: Benni McCarthy, Katlego Mphela, Siyabonga Nomvethe, Bernard Parker

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