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SAFA firmly behind Springboks

2011-08-25 22:27

Johannesburg - The South African Football Association (SAFA) has thrown its weight behind the Springbok Rugby team ahead of the 2011 IRB World Cup tournament in New Zealand.

South Africa are the defending champions and the country is hopeful that they will successfully defend their trophy when the tournament gets underway on September 9 to October 23.

For their part, the SAFA staff members as well the members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) will don their Springbok jerseys on Friday, August 26 and every Friday thereafter.

On Tuesday, August 23 Springbok coach Pieter de Villiers announced a 30-man squad he will be banking on to return with the Webb Ellis Cup. Eighteen of those players were part of the France 2007 winning team, when they lifted the trophy at the Stade de France in Paris on October 20, after defeating England 15-6.

In June this year, Bafana Bafana posed for photographs wearing Springbok jerseys. This was ahead of their 2011 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in June.

The Pitso Mosimane-led squad is expected to record a message of good luck prior to the Boks' departure for New Zealand on Thursday, September 1.

Bafana Bafana go into camp on Sunday, August 28 in order to prepare for their AFCON qualifier against Niger in Niamey on Sunday, September 4.

The Springboks also played a big role and showed their support to Bafana Bafana shortly before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Captains of both sides, Aaron Mokoena and John Smit as well as the coaches of the two teams, Carlos Parreira and Peter de Villiers, exchanged jerseys back then.

Of the 20 teams that will contest the 2011 Rugby World Cup, only South Africa and Australia have won the tournament twice each.

South Africa opens their account against Wales in Group D on September 11.

SAPA

Comments
  • Circuswatch - 2011-08-25 23:06

    Why do you show a tank in the caption for this article? Is South Africa invading New Zealand?

      spiderkzn - 2011-08-26 15:30

      go twat in Circus tent...

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-25 23:34

    the rugby world cup in 95 and 07 as well has the last soccer world cup has done more to bring unity to the country than all the efforts of the politicians since 94

      Blue - 2011-08-26 06:49

      Many a true words, thumbs upp!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-26 01:22

    That's how it should be: support from each and every South African!

  • Karoobloed - 2011-08-26 01:50

    Thank you. This Afrikaner supports my African brothers in Bafana Bafana with all my heart.

      Anup Jalota (Wannabe) - 2011-08-26 16:00

      This Indian South African supports all our national teams.....

  • slg - 2011-08-26 06:26

    Nice unity but largely ineffective given the unprofessionalism and low standard of our soccer. It would be altogether different if our soccer was strong and highly regarded internationally, which it could and should be given our talent and passion.

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-08-26 07:37

      Low standard!!!! Dude did you see what our rankings are compard to 3 years ago?? Notwitstanding the fact that you an @sshole ya clouded judgment make ya luk stuuuuuupppppiiiiddd as wll

      Albo - 2011-08-26 10:08

      BB are on the up!! I think the WC opened a lot of eyes. We`ll be there soon enough.

  • Steve - 2011-08-26 07:00

    Thanks so much

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-26 07:26

    Well,it is pointless supporting Bafana. they are ranked 90th?

      malepfana - 2011-08-26 08:46

      is not about bafana now but the boks

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-26 10:21

      We are ranked 47th wake up! I am behind all our National teams, win or lose.

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-26 08:19

    Dankie/Thank you SAFA...your support is acknowledged and truly appreciated...South Africa rocks!!!!!

  • Bootman - 2011-08-26 08:59

    Why is our nation only united when the boks win the world cup? In that case they should have a world cup every year and the boks must win it every year or were all doomed.

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