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WE’ RE sup e r proud of Banyana Banyana! The state of SA soc­cer is of­ten so dire it’s a de­light to write pos­i­tive things about a na­tional team for a change. Many fac­tors came to­gether to help them qual­ify for the World Cup, among them hard work and hav­ing a pas­sion for the beau­ti­ful game. Of course, it’s not just that sim­ple – a lot more went into turn­ing them into a powerhouse team to be reck­oned with.

The coach, the cap­tain and the com­mit­ment of the play­ers – many of whom are now get­ting in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure – have all con­trib­uted to their in­creas­ing suc­cess. Turn to page 80 to see how they’ve done it. Un­til next week,

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