2010 World Cup

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We speak to mem­bers of the Bafana Bafana squad that took part in the 2010 World Cup to get their mem­o­ries a decade on.

ItIt has been a decade since the 2010 World Cup was hosted in South Africa, where the eyes of the planet were firmly fixed on Mzansi amid plenty of doubts from over­seas as to whether the coun­try could pull it off. Although Bafana Bafana ex­ited in the first round after a draw with Mex­ico, a dev­as­tat­ing loss to Uruguay and a fine vic­tory over France, it proved a great party for fans, and the high­light of their ca­reer for many na­tional team play­ers. KICK OFF’s Mark Glee­son and Nick Said spoke to mem­bers of coach Carlos Al­berto Par­reira’s squad to get their top mem­o­ries 10 years on.

Moe­neeb Josephs

The time I came on against Uruguay … wow. I was on the bench and the num­ber two in the squad, and Itume­leng Khune gave away a penalty and then got a red card!

You know, you get so en­grossed in the game and what is hap­pen­ing, that you don’t al­ways think straight. I turned to ShuAib [ Wal­ters] and said to him, what the f**k is Khune do­ing, is he f**king mad? Now we don’t have a goal­keeper, what the f**k are we go­ing to do?

Shu-Aib just looked at me a bit strangely and said, ‘what are you talk­ing about, you have to go on?’. At first I told him that this was not the time for jokes, but then it dawned on me. S**t, he was right, I would have to play.

It was ab­so­lutely freez­ing that night in Pre­to­ria and I had a dou­ble layer of tights on, and so much other cloth­ing be­cause, to be hon­est, I did not ex­pect to play, so you just try to keep warm.

The coach and ev­ery­body else is telling me to hurry up and get ready, but I took a lot of time to take off the ex­tra lay­ers, do­ing it slowly just so I could set­tle my nerves.

As I stood on the side of the field ready to come on, it also dawned on me that I was about to live my dream. On the streets in Mitchell’s Plain where I grew up, we would pre­tend to be this player or what player in the World Cup, but now I was about to play for real. But when you play on the streets you don’t have Diego For­lan stand­ing in front of you!

When I got to the penalty area and he was lin­ing up the penalty, I was giv­ing him all sorts. I thought, ‘f**k this s**t, this is just an­other player’. So I was telling him all sorts of things and I know he un­der­stood me.

He scored and after that it was all a blur, it went by so quickly. Blink and it was over. But then we had the France game, which we won, and that was amaz­ing.

A young coloured guy from the ghetto, who used to go to the cor­ner shop to buy his mother an en­tjie [cig­a­rette] or some bread, play­ing France and Uruguay at the World Cup? Un­be­liev­able!

Shu-Aib Wal­ters

The night they an­nounced the fi­nal squad for the World Cup and I knew I had made the team. I sat there in the room for about an hour after­wards, I couldn’t be­lieve it.

I was one of four goal­keep­ers in the mix and ob­vi­ously knew that one of us would be dropped be­fore the tour­na­ment. I thought I would lose out to Rowen Fer­nan­dez and when I was se­lected ahead of him, it was un­be­liev­able.

He had come to see the squad when we were in Ger­many. At first I thought he was just vis­it­ing us in camp be­cause he had just come back from a big in­jury but then he came three or four times to train and then when we went back to South Africa, he came with us. I could see him get­ting fit­ter and stronger and in those last few days, I thought I wouldn’t make it and I’d packed my bags al­ready.

We played a friendly against Gu­atemala in Polok­wane and we flew back the same night, get­ting back to the ho­tel around 11pm. Then they said we are hav­ing a meet­ing within an hour to an­nounce the squad be­cause the play­ers had all been given a few days off to go and see their fam­i­lies.

They said they wouldn’t an­nounce the 23 but rather the seven play­ers that were not picked. I thought to my­self, ‘this is it for me, it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence, a half a month in Brazil, a full month in Ger­many, but now I’m go­ing home’.

I was re­ally shocked when they didn’t an­nounce my name and I was stay­ing for the fi­nal 23.

Itume­leng Khune

I don’t want to think about the match against Uruguay again and I don’t want to talk about it please.

If I think about it and talk about it then I’ll be tak­ing my­self 10 steps back­wards, just when I thought I was be­gin­ning to re­cover from what hap­pened that day.

I’ve strug­gled to cope with what hap­pened. But the good thing about it is that I did apol­o­gise to the na­tion and life must go on. De­spite get­ting knocked out in the first round of the tour­na­ment, I re­ally have good mem­o­ries.

I watched the open­ing cer­e­mony on the dress­ing room TV and at that mo­ment I was very emo­tional be­cause I couldn‘t be­lieve that I was given the re­spon­si­bil­ity to save my coun­try in front of the rest of the world.

Matthew Booth

Our bus trip through Sand­ton a cou­ple of days be­fore the open­ing game will al­ways stick in my mem­ory. It caused a bit of con­tro­versy within the squad and not all the play­ers wanted to go.

Some said they wanted to con­cen­trate on the game, oth­ers did not want to give the per­cep­tion that we were cel­e­brat­ing be­fore the tour­na­ment kicked off.

I know [coach Carlos Al­berto] Par­reira said later he had wanted ev­ery­body to have gone, be­cause it brought home the mag­ni­tude of what the World Cup meant to the coun­try.

We were in camp for six months be­fore that, mostly hid­den away, and I don’t think a lot of the play­ers re­ally knew what it meant to the na­tion. But to see some­thing like 200,000 peo­ple on the streets of Sand­ton re­ally brought it home.

I de­cided to go be­cause lead­ing up to the tour­na­ment I re­alised I would not be in the start­ing line-up, so a bit of the pres­sure was off me. If I knew I would be start­ing, I might have been a bit more in­de­ci­sive, but for me it will be for­ever be etched in my mem­ory.

Our team was full of true pro­fes­sion­als, and I never re­ally saw much emo­tion in my team­mates through­out my ca­reer. But to see grown men shed a tear when they went to warm up against Mex­ico, that was when it also re­ally struck home.

To go to World Cup is one thing, but to play it in front of your own fans is an­other thing en­tirely.

Aaron Mokoena

When we were just about to take the fieldfi for the na­tional an­them ahead of the firstfi game against Mex­ico, although it was a dream come true for me, I wasn’t too sure how it would turn out to be hon­est.

I re­mem­ber stand­ing there, at the mouth of the tun­nel, my eyes closed and just lis­ten­ing to the vu­vuze­las, to the noise from all around.

But then I started to feel like, ‘now is the time, this is what we have been work­ing for, for so long. The build-up had been in­cred­i­ble, I think I had done some­thing like 400 me­dia in­ter­views with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional jour­nal­ists. It was hec­tic!

I stood there just want­ing the game to be­gin, to get a touch of the ball and ac­tu­ally play. There had been so much pro­to­col, vis­its to peo­ple, dig­ni­taries and that sort of thing in the months prior. I just wanted to play foot­ball!

Then I opened my eyes and I looked at the Rain­bow Na­tion in front of me, and that was a real high­light. Hon­estly! I knew we were play­ing for the whole coun­try.

I would not say I felt tense at all, we had worked very hard as a team and we knew what to do. I was more just anx­ious to get go­ing. Enough talk, let’s play!

And then of course the goal from ‘Shabba’ … wow, for me that is still the goal of the tour­na­ment. Such a great strike from a young man who was hun­gry to make it and on just about the big­gest stage of all.

Bon­gani Khu­malo

I was struck al­ready by how mo­men­tous the event was go­ing to be when we played our last pre-tour­na­ment friendly against

Colom­bia at Soc­cer City and there were lit­er­ally rows and rows of peo­ple singing the na­tional an­them.

It was a pretty spe­cial mo­ment and showed the sig­nif­i­cance of the World Cup. The goal I scored against France in Bloem­fontein is of course a spe­cial mem­ory. We were al­lowed to go home for a day or so after ev­ery game and I re­mem­ber hav­ing a chat with my un­cle about scor­ing goals at the near post be­fore and say­ing, ‘how amaz­ing it would be score on this stage’.

He sug­gested why didn’t I try go­ing round the back at set-pieces and so when we got what was I think our first cor­ner, I de­cided to stroll in a bit late.

As Shabba was ap­proach­ing the ball I made my run and I re­mem­ber in mid stride, see­ing the ball and think­ing, ‘I might have a chance here’ and I guess the tim­ing in terms of my steps, it was spot on and once I planted my foot down I was hang­ing nicely and ul­ti­mately I was happy to get the touch and get it across the line.

The feel­ing after that … well you can­not de­scribe it. What also made it spe­cial, and peo­ple have for­got­ten this, but we had our backs to the wall com­ing into that game. We were un­der enor­mous pres­sure from the pre­vi­ous re­sult [los­ing to Uruguay in Pre­to­ria] and it was im­por­tant to exit the tour­na­ment on a pos­i­tive note.

Si­bon­iso Gaxa

Gaxa, who last year ob­tained a Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence and So­cial Stud­ies de­gree from Wits Univer­sity, de­clined the op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute to this ar­ti­cle, say­ing he does not want to talk about foot­ball for per­sonal rea­sons.

Anele Ng­con­gca

It has to be the open­ing game against Mex­ico, with the whole at­mos­phere and that goal from Tsha­bal­ala. It was some­thing else.

I was on the bench, but after the ball hit the back of the net, the whole sta­dium just erupted. The noise was in­cred­i­ble, I think there were a lot of non-South African sup­port­ers in there that were be­hind us, so they cheered just as wildly.

It was like the sta­dium was go­ing to break into pieces, I can still feel it to­day!

But I also re­mem­ber the way we came to­gether as a coun­try, you could see it in the sta­dium that day, peo­ple from all walks of life. You could also see it in the pa­rade we had in Sand­ton, where it was as if we

had won the World Cup, there were so many peo­ple out to greet us.

But that open­ing game … for me per­son­ally, a boy from Gugulethu to be walk­ing on the pitch on the open­ing day of the World Cup ... it was beyond a dream.

We were ex­cited, but also ner­vous. This was not club foot­ball, this was the world stage, ev­ery­body was watch­ing us and watch­ing South Africa and how we would host the tour­na­ment.

And then we had fam­ily there too, to share this mo­ment with us. I just wanted to get out there, even if it was for a few min­utes, but it was not be that day. But I was so glad to start when we beat France [21], that was such a proud mo­ment for me.

Tsepo Masilela

I can re­mem­ber when we were go­ing to play the open­ing game of the tour­na­ment, you could sense how the coun­try was united and ev­ery­one was be­hind the team.

I re­mem­ber when the na­tional an­them was play­ing, there were tears run­ning down the cheeks of the some of the guys. Just be­ing there … the feel­ing … it was just amaz­ing. When the an­them was play­ing

I felt now the World Cup was here, it was re­ally hap­pen­ing. You get goose bumps at those mo­ments. I had mixed emo­tions, to be hon­est. On the one hand, you are play­ing at home and you don’t want to dis­ap­point your peo­ple. We had a sense for a long time of what it meant to peo­ple.

Even when we were on camp, peo­ple would stop their cars, hoot­ing, wav­ing flag. So, when we were there, lin­ing up be­fore the game and hear­ing the na­tional an­them, all of those images played through your mind. The whole coun­try is be­hind us and we are car­ry­ing so many peo­ple’s hopes.

We were the na­tion’s pride. It was so emo­tional. Then im­me­di­ately after the na­tional an­them, I never heard vu­vuze­las so hard in my ca­reer. The wall of sound made it feel like the sta­dium was vi­brat­ing.

Siyabonga Sang­weni*

I was just thrilled to have made the fi­nal cut for the World Cup. A player from (La­montville Golden) Ar­rows be­ing in the squad was an achieve­ment on its own.

I had so wished to play in the World Cup, as much as the other squad mem­bers, but we all had been work­ing on the same mis­sion. The play­ers made it dif­fi­cult for the coach to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion about who to pick.

Steven Pien­aar

I think for me it was the bus tour and how ridicu­lous it was to ask the play­ers to do that two days be­fore the open­ing game, when we should have been fo­cussing on the match, pre­par­ing tac­ti­cally and all that.

A lot of the play­ers were re­ally up­set about it be­cause the tim­ing was so bad, I mean, why could we not have done it a week be­fore?

So there was a lot of un­hap­pi­ness and in the group and the coach [Carlos Al­berto Par­reira] came to speak to us and he was fum­ing as well. I have never ex­pe­ri­enced some­thing like that.

I think it was a case of them not re­ally think­ing about the play­ers and our prepa­ra­tion. I re­mem­ber too that I think it was the hottest day in June! So it was a pretty bad de­ci­sion all round.

But then the day be­fore the game the team man­ager got a psy­chol­o­gist to come and speak to us. He showed us a move that was off the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel, some­thing about li­ons hunt­ing in packs.

It was all about team­work and how you work to­gether for a com­mon goal. It was pretty cool, I must say.

Than­duyise Khuboni

My best mem­ory is the France game that we won, we should have beaten them by four or five goals! We cre­ated so many chances and to be so dom­i­nant in a game against that qual­ity of play­ers was amaz­ing for us.

I think we were re­ally able to show what a good team we were in that match, even though we were re­ally un­der pres­sure to get a re­sult with only one points from the two games.

It was my only game and I must ad­mit

I was scared be­fore­hand. You knew that this is the big stage and the whole world is watch­ing you. I was very, very ner­vous.

But an­other thing I re­mem­ber is what a good coach we had in [Carlos Al­berto] Par­reira. He helped me to re­lax and said I must just play my nor­mal game, do the things that I have been do­ing in train­ing.

He said I should be like [Brazil­ian mid­fielder] Dunga, just keep it sim­ple. ‘Khuboni, don’t try to do too many things,’ he said. ‘Just know what you are do­ing and what you want to do. Be clear in what you must do’.

I think I de­liv­ered on the day, it was a good game for me per­son­ally and a good game for

the na­tion, be­cause although we went out after that, we had re­stored some pride with a good win against a very good team.

Reneilwe Let­sholonyane

There are so many mem­o­ries, but if you ask me what sticks with me now 10 years on, it was ac­tu­ally the build-up that we had to the tour­na­ment.

I think we were ba­si­cally in camp for six months and while that re­ally brought us to­gether as a group, and made us stronger, it was very tough on the guys with fam­i­lies and so on.

To be away from your loved ones so much was very hard. We only got to see them for a very short time in be­tween camps and then it was on to the next one.

I re­mem­ber we went to Brazil for about a month, then came back and went to Ger­many after that for some weeks.

We spent time in Dur­ban and then came back for a few days and it was straight into the Jo’burg camps and ba­si­cally on to the tour­na­ment.

But like I said, it did make us a bet­ter as a team. Guys got to know each other in­side out on and off the pitch.

We learnt about each other’s’ strengths and weak­nesses, what makes a guy tick, and we were very or­gan­ised as a team. I think that showed in matches.

Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala

The goal against Mex­ico I think was the best that I ever scored in my ca­reer. Not nec­es­sary for the tech­nique or any­thing like that, I think I scored bet­ter ones, but for what it meant to peo­ple. And what is still means to peo­ple to­day.

The goal was well worked, it was not some­thing that hap­pened by chance. There was plan­ning in it, it came from our strong or­gan­i­sa­tion.

We were com­pact and kept our shape when Mex­ico had pos­ses­sion of the ball, and then when we man­aged to get hold of it, we knew they were open to a counter-at­tack and had left holes at the back.

Kag­isho [Dik­ga­coi] had the ball and he knew where those holes were. The pass he played, for me, was one of the best as­sists in foot­ball history. The tim­ing and weight of the ball was per­fect. He could not have played it any bet­ter.

Ini­tially I thought about lob­bing it over the goal­keeper [Ós­car Pérez], be­cause I knew he was not a ‘line keeper’ and he would come for­ward to­wards me.

But in the end I just went for power. The con­nec­tion was per­fect, I had good tech­nique, and the power and speed of the ball was great.

I knew it was go­ing in im­me­di­ately. The mil­lisec­ond it left my foot I knew it was in. As a player, some­times you just sense these things. In my head I was cel­e­brat­ing long be­fore the ball hit the back of the net.

I was kind of in my own world. I wanted to cry, I wanted to laugh. I think I just ended up scream­ing! It is some­thing that is hard to de­scribe.

Mac­beth Sibaya

What I re­mem­ber is the pres­sure we felt. We were the first coun­try in Africa to host the World Cup, and so it is a very good mem­ory from that point of view.

But at the same time, it was very dif­fi­cult to fo­cus on just foot­ball. It was hard to not be in the same mood as the cit­i­zens. We knew it was not just about foot­ball, also needed this tour­na­ment to be suc­cess­ful, for the coun­try and for our­selves.

We wanted ev­ery­thing to go well, the host­ing, the games. It should not have been some­thing we wor­ried about, but like ev­ery South African we felt it. We felt the need for this tour­na­ment to go off smoothly and it was too much pres­sure on us as play­ers.

It was very dif­fi­cult to con­cen­trate only on the games. There were a lot

of things said about the coun­try not be­ing ready, there would be this and that prob­lems and it would be a fail­ure.

And so we had to work hard on stay­ing fo­cussed be­cause we had a very good team and we had the right peo­ple around us to help.

We talked about it a bit as play­ers, but you know, when you look on the pitch, you can talk all day about the teams we faced be­cause they were all ex­pe­ri­enced at World Cups.

You could talk about the threat of France or Uruguay, about the qual­ity of Mex­ico, bit it was ob­vi­ous. It would be a waste of time to get too caught up in that.

We fo­cussed on our­selves as a team, and fo­cussed on our strengths. And try to shut ev­ery­thing else out. But it was not easy.

Kag­isho Dik­ga­coi

On the day of the first game [against Mex­ico], I re­mem­ber there were fans near our ho­tel blow­ing their vu­vuze­las at 05h00 in the morn­ing! That al­ready got our nerves go­ing be­cause you re­alised this was not a nor­mal match.

Then on the way to the sta­dium, see­ing the fan parks packed and all the peo­ple on the streets, the nerves got even more be­fore you knew things were about to get real and we re­ally wanted to make the coun­try proud.

I must ad­mit, I just wanted that first game to be over, al­most as soon as it started. I wanted us to seal the game, and the ref­eree to blow the fi­nal whis­tle so we could go home.

It is nor­mal that you play un­der pres­sure for your coun­try, but this was some­thing else, there was so much ex­pected of us.

In the first half they were all over us and it was re­ally dif­fi­cult. We couldn’t play, they were press­ing us high and at half­time the coach [Carlos Al­berto Par­reira] told us to try and play the ball quicker and try and get in be­hind them.

That is what hap­pened. They were press­ing us but we won the ball, I did a quick one-two with Yeye [Reneilwe Let­sholonyane] and by that time Shabba [Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala] was al­ready on the move.

I just slid the ball in and he did the rest. It was a great goal and it did set­tle us a lit­tle bit. I think after that we had some more chances, Killer [Katlego Mphela] hit the post. I still think we should have won the game.

Lance Davids

It was the best, best time of my ca­reer. A boy com­ing from Mitchell’s Plain to make the World Cup … I get goose­bumps even now just think­ing about it.

I re­mem­ber most vividly the an­nounce­ment of the squad after we came back from play­ing Gu­atemala in Polok­wane. Usu­ally when you win a match ev­ery­one is happy climb­ing into the bus after the game, but then the coach an­nounced that he would nam­ing the squad when we got back to the ho­tel and sud­denly the whole bus was quiet.

Ev­ery­one was tense. I think ev­ery­one was ner­vous about not mak­ing it. I had played a lot of the ini­tial friendly games at the start of the build-up but com­ing into tour­na­ment I hadn’t been play­ing reg­u­larly, so of course I felt un­easy. As a foot­baller, you’re never sure so my emo­tions were high.

It was early hours of the morn­ing. I was lucky my name was called out in the mid­dle of the list and so I didn’t have to suf­fer through the read­ing of the whole 23. I was elated to be se­lected but you are part of as team, sit­ting there with the rest of a squad, so you don’t want to how your emo­tions straight away.

You feel for the guys who were not named. It was just un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence, just a mag­i­cal mo­ment for me to be se­lected.

Sur­prise Moriri

Not qual­i­fy­ing for the next round is the thing that stands out for me. It was not good. Es­pe­cially be­ing the home team, we felt we let a lot of peo­ple down.

Ob­vi­ously it’s a great achieve­ment for any player to get to rep­re­sent his coun­try, and then also to do so on the world stage. That has given me much sat­is­fac­tion, go­ing to a World Cup is a dream for any player and to go on and achieve that is some­thing I can look back on with a sense of pride.

For me as a player, you have to rate that as a ca­reer high­light but then it is damp­ened by the fact that we did not qual­ify past the group stage and to the sec­ond round. We have to be frank, that was a low mo­ment for ev­ery­one.

Teko Modise

Step­ping onto the pitch for the first time, at the open­ing game, know­ing it was the only game on that day and the whole world would be watch­ing us.

Just the feel­ing of walk­ing out onto the pitch … even the rou­tines of the warmup was way dif­fer­ent to any­thing I’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. It was both nerve wrack­ing and ex­cit­ing at the same time.

All those feel­ing came to­gether at the same time, es­pe­cially when we started to sing the na­tional an­them. That’s when we re­alised how real and how big the

tour­na­ment was. That’s one thing that re­ally stood out.

Of course, when you are driv­ing in the bus to the game, you see the sup­port­ers but only once we got to the sta­dium did you get the real sense of what it was all about. Just see­ing all the dif­fer­ent flags, the dif­fer­ent fans, it re­ally brought it all home.

Ev­ery game we played came with its own chal­lenges. The first game we were ex­pect­ing to come out with a bet­ter re­sult, es­pe­cially be­ing the hosts against Mex­ico, but I think the pres­sure was heav­ily on us.

We started be­liev­ing after Shabba scored but we had a dif­fi­cult game against Uruguay. We thought we could win it but Itu [Khune] got a red card and so many other things went wrong for us that night. Look­ing back, our lot would have been dif­fer­ent had we won against Mex­ico and it re­mains a re­gret to this day.

Katlego Mphela

I had a chance right at the end of the open­ing game against Mex­ico and that mo­ment is still al­ways in my mind. I still think that if the an­gle was a bit more to my right I would have scored. I would have had bet­ter con­tact with the ball and it would have gone in and it would have changed our lives. In­stead it hit the up­right.

The ball was slightly on my left and I had to try and force it and I couldn’t get the proper con­tact. It was one of those. I think had it gone in we would have gone on to qual­ify.

Walk­ing through the tun­nel at the start of the game was also an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence. I’d never seen Soc­cer City so packed, it was un­real and I still get goose­bumps think­ing about it to­day.

Ev­ery­thing was blank for me un­til about 15 min­utes be­fore kick off and then sud­denly it was, like, ‘now it’s the time’. I can­not prop­erly ex­plain the in­cred­i­ble feel­ing of be­ing part of it all but I do re­mem­ber how nerve wrack­ing it all ways.

Bernard Parker

My World Cup mem­o­ries will live for­ever. The mo­ment that stands out most for me was beat­ing France in our last group game in Bloem­fontein.

Beat­ing them 2-1 was a such a great mo­ment, par­tic­u­larly as we were play­ing against such big stars. Many of the French were power house play­ers in world foot­ball, like Djib­ril Cisse and Frank Ribery in the start­ing line-up, and Thierry Henry and Florent Malouda who came on as sub­sti­tutes.

Also shar­ing that ex­pe­ri­ence with the rest of the squad after­noon was un­be­liev­able, even though we were then out of the tour­na­ment.

I started the game against France and that was by far my favourite mo­ment.

Siyabonga Nomvethe

The big­gest mem­ory for me of the World Cup is the elec­tri­fy­ing at­mos­phere at the sta­di­ums and on the streets dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

Be­ing able to play an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment in our own coun­try and in front of our home fans was the big­gest thrill and a great hon­our.

Off the field, the team morale in the camp was in­cred­i­ble, as we were united. We all wanted to achieve the same goal and we put aside our in­di­vid­ual teams and fo­cused on do­ing Mzansi proud.

The tech­ni­cal team played a ma­jor role in bring­ing us to­gether and pro­mot­ing team unity. The game we won in our group against France made us all feel proud to rep­re­sent our coun­try. I came on as a sub­sti­tute for that game.

Although we did not progress from the group stages, we felt proud to have been able to play at the World Cup and in front of our home fans, com­ing up against the likes Thierry Henry and Franck Ribery, and winning the game.

* Siyabonga Sang­weni spoke pre­vi­ously to KICK OFF mag­a­zine about his World Cup ex­pe­ri­ences.

** Lu­cas Th­wala was not avail­able for a in­ter­view.

LEFT: Bafana Bafana line up ahead of the open­ing match. ABOVE: Tsepo Masilela chal­lenges Ri­cardo Osorio of Mex­ico. The teams drew 1-1.

BE­LOW: Brazil­lian coach Carlos Al­berto Par­reira led the World Cup Bafana Bafana team.

ABOVE: Goal­keeper Moe­neeb Josephs is beaten by Al­varo Pereira of Uruguay dur­ing Bafana’s sec­ond Group A en­counter. Bafana lost 3-0.

After the de­feat by Uruguay, Bafana came back with a vengeance to beat France 2-1 in their third Group A en­counter. Katlego Mphela (above) and Bon­gani Khu­malo (right) were the goalscor­ers.

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