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It’s fair to say that South Africa are in arguably the most competitive group of the World Cup. France are renowned as a strong side, whilst Mexico and Urugay will provide South-American flair and pace. But how do the bookmakers think the Bafana Bafana will fare against these sides? France are clear favourites to win Group A – as expected – with South Africa best-priced at 6/1 with Boylesports. Worth a tenner?
When facing Mexico, South Africa are best-priced at 15/8 with Victor Chandler to win. As many saw during their friendly …

Only now do people understand the sheer elation that South Africa as a whole experienced when their nation won the right to host the World Cup. The concept was barely possible twenty years ago, with Apartheid still in full flow; South Africa was a country in turmoil. But now, with undoubtedly the biggest tournament in the world coming to the African continent, everyone understands its’ significance.
Butana Komphela, chairman of the Sport and Recreation committee, said, ‘Today we are celebrating the World Cup because we have been given a fair chance. …

Ever since narrow defeats to Norway and Iceland back in October ’09, Carlos Parreira’s men have been unbeatable. Whilst this may considerably increase morale in the South African camp, it must be taken into account that the quality of their opposition has hardly been world class; in fact it has been quite the opposite. Actually, their failure to beat some of the sides faced has been quite startling, something which the Bafana Bafana must address before the World Cup opener against Mexico.
Most worrying is their inability to score goals, especially …

When people converse about ‘World Cup’ legends, its’ fair to argue that the majority of responses involve names such as Pele, Hurst, or – dare I say it – Maradona. But for South Africa, such an influx of quality is unrecognisable. With only eighteen years of international experience under their belt, there has simply been no time for its’ creation – until now. The Bafana Bafana are finally on the big stage, a stage built for somebody to amaze the billions of people watching. But who will this ‘somebody’ be?
South …

Most would agree that there are two momentous dates in South African history. One is the day that Apartheid was officially abolished. The other is July 7th, 1992; the day South African football was reborn. After twenty years without fulfilling an international fixture a new multi-racial South African Football Association was admitted to FIFA, yet no-one quite imagined that the Bafana Bafana would end up hosting the 2010 World Cup.

Whilst this is unlikely to be the scene come June 11th, Mandela has made history by giving South Africa an opportunity …

Hosts South Africa’s preliminary squad for the World Cup has been announced by coach Carlos Alberto Parreira prior to the tournament which starts in June.
The big omission is Nasief Morris who plays for Real Santander in La Liga, there are nineteen home based players in all on the list with the remaining ten playing across Europe. Those names include Steven Pienaar of Everton, West Ham striker Benni McCarthy and Portsmouth midfielder Aaron Mokoena.

Nasief Morris misses out
The first match of the 2010 World Cup features the hosts against Mexico, at Soccer …

World Cup hosts South Africa have revealed their new home shirt that they will wear during the 2010 tournament that they will stage for the first time in their history.
As hosts, the team were always guaranteed to be one of the 32 qualified nations at the tournament. However, their poor recent form has seen many people write them off from making any impact in June. Manager Joel Santana recently resigned after several poor friendly results and former manager Carlos Alberto Parreira has taken the reigns for the World Cup. The one bright …

World Cup hosts South Africa have revealed their new alternative shirt that they will wear if there is a kit clash during the 2010 tournament that they are hosting.
As hosts, the team were always guaranteed to be one of the 32 qualified nations at the tournament. However, their poor recent form has seen many people write them off from making any impact in June. Manager Joel Santana recently resigned after several poor friendly results and former manager Carlos Alberto Parreira has taken the reigns for the World Cup. The one bright spot for the …

Germany’s World Cup plans remained on track as they notched up a straightforward win in Leverkusen against South Africa on Saturday with two strikes from Mario Gomez and Mesut Oezil.

It was Swiss referee, Claudio Circhetta that got the game under way. And debutant, Marko Marin, almost made an early name for himself having been played in by Mario Gomez. He fired one shot over and was then denied by keeper Rowan Fernandez.  
Gomez then had a chance of his own on seven minutes after Werder Bremen midfielder Oezil,sent through a slick …