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"Nobody wants to play us," South Africa coach complains

By Zaheer CassimJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, struggling to prevent an ignominious early exit by the World Cup hosts, expressed frustration on Friday at the difficulty of setting up strong pre-tournament friendlies.Stymied by bad planning by the South African federation and the final stage of European competitions, the hosts returned on Friday from a training camp in Germany still short of the challenging preparation games they need to improve.The Icelandic volcanic ash cloud that severely disrupted global air travel added to Parreira's problems with both China and Estonia pulling out of friendlies in Germany.South Africa have played North Korea and Jamaica in the last week, managing only a goalless draw with the former which pushed them down to 90th in the FIFA world rankings.They beat 79th-ranked Jamaica 2-0, but Bafana Bafana (the Boys) still look unconvincing, especially in goal-scoring power. The Jamaican game was only their third victory in ...

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