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Bafana star feels Brazil's pain

2014-07-11 10:08
Bafana Bafana's Siphiwe Tshabalala (AFP)

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala knows all too well the feeling at crashing out of a Soccer World Cup on home soil.

According to the Football411 website, in 2010, South Africa failed to make it out of the group stage, despite Tshabalala’s memorable opening goal in a 1-1 draw with Mexico.

Four years later in South America, and Brazil also crashed out of a World Cup as hosts, making it as far as the semi-finals before suffering an embarrassing 7-1 defeat to Germany.

"It is undoubtedly a disappointing moment when you exit the tournament with the knowledge that you are playing on home soil," the Kaizer Chiefs winger said on his official website.

"Firstly you know that you have let your country down, that is not a good feeling and it is difficult to accept. Brazil are also feeling the same way but I think they know it was a learning curve for them.

"They were too anxious and forgot to focus on the job at hand. Germany was in some way expected to lose and they went all out to prove a point.

"This does not mean Brazil cannot perform at the highest level. They have young players and this is just part of the experience they are gaining.

"They need to be positive and build towards the future. The same as all teams that exited the tournament. The future is still to be decided."

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