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There could also be no Bafana Bafana on the fast-approaching Fifa soccer World Cup, which is about to happen in Qatar on 2o November. Nonetheless, South Africa might be represented, with former Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sá current.

De Sá has joined forces with Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz as his assistant as soon as extra. The pair are recent from a training stint with the Egyptian nationwide aspect, the place they misplaced to Senegal on penalties through the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) closing earlier this yr.

As they head to the World Cup, the set-up would be the similar because the pair take cost of Iran throughout one among hottest sporting occasions on the planet, with Queiroz lately appointed as Iran’s coach for the second time.

He beforehand served within the seat from 2011 till 2019. For his second coming the skilled Portuguese coach has recruited De Sá as his lieutenant.

The pair additionally labored collectively when he was coach of Bafana Bafana between 2000 and 2002, with Queiroz using the previous Ajax Cape City mentor as a goalkeeper coach within the senior nationwide aspect.

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With mere weeks till kick-off in Qatar, the coaches have jetted off to Iran and can spend a number of days within the nation’s capital, Tehran, as they fine-tune the squad earlier than friendlies in Austria.

Roger De Sá says the ‘warmth and humidity might be a problem for most of the gamers’ on the World Cup. (Photograph: Carl Fourie / Gallo Photos)

There they may start the choice course of for the ultimate World Cup squad in Group B, alongside England, USA and Wales. 

Warmth is on 

De Sá is happy to be heading to the worldwide spectacle, and stated of Iran’s prospects: “When you qualify for the World Cup you give your self a practical likelihood, and with the event being held in Qatar, it evens it out a bit extra as a result of you aren’t taking part in in Europe, you aren’t taking part in in South America. So, it’s virtually a impartial venue.”

“The warmth and humidity might be a problem for most of the gamers within the event. Now we have a short while to arrange, not best. Ideally, we’d have been there for a yr. However Carlos is aware of the staff and the gamers know him, as he coached them within the final two World Cups.”  

Roger De Sá coached Bafana Bafana between 2000 and 2002. (Photograph: Philip Maeta / Gallo Photos)

Reflecting on their time in Egypt, De Sá added: “We had a nine-month gig there. After we have been referred to as in to work with Egypt they have been out of the highest 20 in Africa, which is uncommon for a rustic like Egypt.

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“So, they have been struggling and we managed to get some good outcomes early on. We made it to the ultimate of the Afcon, beating a whole lot of high groups to achieve the ultimate, which we misplaced to Senegal on a penalty shootout. We over-achieved within the Cup of Nations; by the point we completed we have been fourth or fifth in Africa. We beat Morocco, Ivory Coast and Cameroon (the host nation).”

With that in thoughts, although, they would be the underdogs of their group. De Sá, Queiroz and the remainder of the Iranian technical staff might be eyeing an upset or two with a view to transfer on to the knockout section. DM

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