World Cup winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has returned to the helm at South Africa following Monday’s departure from the post of Joel Santana.
Perreira, who guided Brazil to glory in 1994, left the job 18 months ago but has been pursuaded to return to help end a slump that has seen the World Cup 2010 hosts lose eight of its last nine games.
South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani said Perreira, who was coach between February 2007 and April 2008, was the ideal candidate due to his knowledge of the setup.
“It was not easy for this executive committee to arrive at this decision,” said Nematandani.
“I am pleased on behalf of the executive committee to announce to you that after that lengthy debate that we had, we want to announce that the country has a coach – and that coach is Mr Parreira.
“It does not only stop there and we felt that it was very important because of the time that we have to ensure that he comes in as soon as possible and takes the process forward.
“There were a number of candidates, but we felt that if we had to go through the process, we may run up against time.”
Perreira’s record with South Africa to date reads nine wins, six draws and six losses from 21 games.