South Africa need to work on ball possession as they prepare for their opening match against Mexico on 11 June, according to national team coach Carlos Parreira.
Speaking the day after the team's return from a month-long training camp in Brazil, Parreira said Bafana Bafana need to work on controlling the ball more than what is typically seen in South Africa's domestic league.
"If there is one thing I would like to see the team do much better, it's in valuing the ball possession," Parreira told journalists today.
"If you see games here in the league, it's like table tennis. Go and come, go and come. Nobody keeps the ball," he said.
Parreira, who coached Brazil to the 1994 FIFA World Cup, will lead South Africa in their third FIFA World Cup appearance. The team have never made it past the tournament's group stage.
Parreira believes the team's ball possession had improved while in Brazil. "It's very difficult to make the transition to holding the ball. I think we've somehow succeeded in Brazil. We're not there yet, but it's improving," he said.
Parreira also mentioned that the players need to get fitter ahead of the tournament. "To me the fitness levels need to be higher and they will be by June. That will be key for Bafana at the World Cup. Fitness will get us through the first round," he said.
Parreira named a squad of 25 players for the team's next training camp, a 19-day stay in Germany starting Monday. During the trip South Africa will play friendly matches against three Bundesliga sides.