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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Parreira 'loves' Jabulani and vuvuzelas

Soccernet staff

South Africa already have home ground advantage at the World Cup and coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes the tournament's two most controversial items, the Jabulani ball and the vuvuzela horn, are also on Bafana Bafana's side.

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The new adidas tournament ball has been widely criticised by players and officials, with goalkeepers in particular struggling to judge its flight, while the incessant, defeaning buzzing of the vuvuzelas has been labelled as annoying and distracting by their detractors.

In any case, the conditions are the same for every team and Parreira said he "loves both" of the already-infamous objects because South Africa are better adjusted to their effects.

Parreira said: "We love both. We love the vuvuzelas, it's part of our culture and we are used to them, we should keep going with them. We have no complaints with the ball, we've been training with it since March, so the players are more than accustomed to it and we have no problems. I understand that some people and some players have a problem with it but we've had no problems with the vuvuzelas or the balls.''

Parreira also weighed into the growing debate about the poor quality of football on show in the tournament so far, siding with those who feel the first round of group matches don't lend themselves to attacking football as teams seek to avoid a costly first-up loss.

Speaking ahead of his side's second Group A match against Uruguay, Parreira said: "I believe it's too early to make a judgement. Teams are going to grow during the tournament, there is a lot of tension, for both the big teams and the small. The World Cup really starts in the round of 16. I think it's too early, one round is not enough to make a judgement about the World Cup. As the tournament progresses I believe the standard will be much better.''

With all four Group A teams equal on one point after one match, South Africa will be looking to make use of every factor on their side in search of victory over Uruguay ahead of their final encounter with France on June 22.

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