South Africa Host Nation Of The 2010 World Cup Train In Brazil

Brazilian Football by SBSenior Analyst IMarch 10, 2010

Carlos Alberto Parreira worked hard this Wednesday, for yet another day, with his South African group in Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro.

At this camp his team will face both Volta Redonda and Fluminense on March 13 and 14.

He had the 29 players doing laps and then some light play with the ball.

Cruzeiro, Botafogo and the reserve teams of Palmeiras and Santos will also play the South Africans. 

Joel Santana, who was South Africa's coach before Parreira, now trains Botafogo.

The match versus Botafogo will be held at the Engenhão and promises to be entertaining as the two coaches face off.

The other encounter with Cruzeiro will be played in Minas Gerais.

This South African crash course tour of Brazil is an integral part of the host nation's preparations for the World Cup.

After leaving Brazil another three weeks will be spent in Germany before returning to South African home soil to host the world's biggest sporting event in the hope of making a significant impact.