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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Group A - South Africa

NICKNAME – BAFANA BAFANA

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

They qualified as hosts of the tournament;

H2H

Jun 11 Johannesburg South Africa v Mexico - Mexico 2 Wins / South Africa 1 Win ( 4-9 Goals Scored ) South Africa Won 2-1 in their last match played.

Jun 16 Pretoria South Africa v Uruguay - Uruguay has defeated 4-3 the Bafana Bafana in their last face-2-face. That’s the only win by any of both teams having tied once as well.

Jun 22 Bloemfontein France v South Africa – Remember the World Cup in France in 1998? Oh well, that was the last time that South Africa played Les Bleus and lost 3-0. Other than that they have lost another game and tied one. France lead 5 goals against 1 scored by South Africa.

Carlos Alberto Parreira has chosen:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Shuaib Walters (Maritzburg United)

Defenders: Siboniso Gaxa (Sundowns), Anele Ngcongca (Genk), Aaron Mokoena (Portsmouth), Matthew Booth (Sundowns), Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport United), Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa), Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates)

Midfielders: Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Lance Davids (Ajax Cape Town), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), MacBeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan), Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows), Kagiso Dikgacoi (Fulham), Steven Pienaar (Everton), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs)

Strikers: Surprise Moriri (Sundowns), Bernard Parker (FC Twente), Katlego Mphela (Sundowns), Siyabonga Nomvethe (Moroka Swallows)

FORMATION

Carlos Alberto Parreira that resigned from his National coach post for family reasons and was substituted by Joel Santana was given way to return in time to build is squad for the World Cup.

His preferred formation is the 4-4-2 having lined-up Khune; Gaxa, Mokoena, Booth, Masilela; Modise, Sibaya, Pienaar, Tshabalala; Parker and Mphela.

BEST PLAYERS

A FIFA World Cup group made of bad boys. Pressure is too on the shoulders of South Africa’s maestro, Steven Pienaar from Everton that had a fantastic season in the premier league and even managed to be at a higher level in the last Confederations Cup 2009. Masilela made part of the best XI of the Condeferations Cup where he performed stunningly in defense but still got little recognition out of it, still he is a key player to watch in South Africa’s line-up.

SURPRISE

Benny McCarthy due to fitness issues.

STATEMENT

"We are all aware that it is a huge honour to play in a World Cup on home soil; not many players have had such a privilege. We are also aware of the task that lies ahead. For us, the World Cup is our priority, it's our biggest goal. We need to represent our country with pride," Aaron Mokoena, South Africa captain.

- CARLOS ALBERTO PARREIRA -

1 Copa America; 1 Confederations Cup; 1 FIFA World Cup; 1 Super League with Fenerbahce;

370 matches; 46% Win, 26% Draws, 28% losses, GS 1,61; GA 1,09

SWOT ANALYSIS

Strength – El Maestro Steven Pienaar and striker Benny McCarthy.

South Africa has a Brazilian world cup champion coaching their team. This will mean that their game can often go through individual skills and most important games are decided on one-on-ones.

South Africa’s being the Hosts, because every single time the home nation has advanced to the knockout stages.

Weaknesses – Their defense is not the best. You take Masilela off and things get full of twists and turns. Their attack fails to score goals. No goal, no points.

Opportunities – Capitalize from being the host. Hosts have that special star guidance. They won their last match against Mexico. If they can produce that in their opening day, they might have some chances.

Threats – The pressure of being the Host. They are the weakest ever ranked World Cup’s host nation.

Uruguay’s attack; Mexican coach Javier Aguirre coaching skills; France if they deliver.

FIFA WORLD RANKINGS

Bafana Bafana are in the 90th position of the World Rankings behind of countries like Haiti, Malawi, Moldova, Mozambique, Zambia, Bahrain, Benin, Burkina Faso. They are the worse placed nation in the ranking heading to a world cup ever. South Korea in the 2002 was in the position number 40.

ACHIEVEMENTS

1 African Cup of Nations in 1996;

They have never went through the first round of their World Cup campaigns, but now it is different, because every single time the Hosts tend to produce outstanding performances in front of their home crowd and often can come as the outsiders of the competition. Last given experience was South Korea in the 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP. This Means that the hosts always advance to the knockout stages. Can this be the first time ever that wont happen?

CASTROL INDEX

30% chances of advancing to the knockout stages? Is Castrol accurate on this one? Finishing last? That would spark anger among the home crowd.

LATEST MATCHES

South Africa 5 0 Guatemala

South Africa 1 0 Denmark


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