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South Africa Appoints Pitso Mosimane as Soccer Coach to Replace Parreira

South Africa appointed Pitso Mosimane as its sixteenth soccer coach in 18 years following the resignation of former Brazilian World Cup winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.

The announcement was made by Kirsten Nematandani, president of the South African Football Association, at a press conference in Johannesburg today. South Africa was readmitted into FIFA, soccer’s governing body, in 1992 after the end of apartheid.

Mosimane was Parreira’s assistant at the soccer World Cup, where the team was eliminated in the first round, after finishing with four points.

Before becoming Parreira’s assistant, the former soccer player Mosimane coached local club-side Supersport United. He played professional football in Greece for Ionikos for six years and played for two local clubs Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns.

South Africa moved 17 places higher to number 66 in the world ranking by FIFA. Spain is first, ahead of Netherlands and Brazil.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ron Derby in Johannesburg at rderby1@bloomberg.net

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