South African soccer team Bafana Bafana is ready for action for the Fifa 2010 World Cup which kicks off on home soil late next week. Their convincing 5-0 victory over Guatemala and particularly impressive record for tallying up penalties has most of South Africa very optimistic about local prospects in the tournament. Still, Guatemala is ranked 114th compared to the real competition in Group A which are all members of the Fifa top 20 – Wonkie hopes the home side will continue to deliver the goods in style.
Brazilian coach Carlos Parreira announced the final squad of 23 for Bafana Bafana. Surprisingly for many South Africans, it did not include experienced international Benni McCarthy. Even more surprisingly and quite welcome was Benni’s unusual humility about being omitted from the final 2010 World Cup team. The coach did not give specific reasons about any of the players omitted from the squad but did indicate that current form and physical fitness played an important role in making the tough decision.
The Bafana Bafana World Cup 2010 team:
Aaron Mokoena (Captain)
Coach: Carlos Parreira
For those that care, the ANCYL showed their approval and support of the 23-man squad. Floyd Shivambu of the ANC Youth League was quoted as having said:
“All South Africans should stand firm, with no doubt that this time Bafana Bafana will in the true South African way illustrate to the world that we are winning nation.”
He went on to say the ANCYL would mobilise youth to support the team if Bafana progressed to the later rounds of the tournament. BBC journalists and security officials are reportedly getting prepared for mass action and chants to kill for Bafana Bafana.
In other news, Terror Lekota is struggling for survival following a vote of no confidence taken against him within the Cope ranks.
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