Parreira drafts foreign-based players

Parreira drafts foreign-based players

Published Feb. 25, 2010 11:57 p.m. ET

South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira called up three foreign-based players to his squad for the friendly match against Namibia next week and said it will be a "profound gesture" for South Africa to celebrate the 100-day countdown to the World Cup.

Parreira named defenders Bradley Carnell, Bryce Moon and Bevan Fransman in his 22-man squad on Thursday and left out English Premier League players Steven Pienaar and Aaron Mokoena, South Africa's captain.

Parreira said he already knew enough about the pair and did not need them to travel for the game in Durban.

South Africa's Bafana Bafana will play Namibia next Wednesday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, one of the new World Cup venues.