A delegation from the South African FA is to travel to Brazil to try and persuade Carlos Alberto Parreira to manage the national side.

Parreira, who quit as coach of Brazil after they were knocked out of the quarter-finals at the World Cup, has confirmed he is interested in the post.

“It’s an honour to receive an invitation from the South African national team as the country will be the centre of attention as hosts of the next World Cup,” Parreira said in a statement.

“But this will only happen after sitting down and talking to representatives of the South African Football Association,” added the 63-year-old.

Parreira said the first contact with South Africa was made last year.

“They called me this week to remind me that they were interested,” he said.

“They agreed to come to Brazil at the start of August.”