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Bafana 'can emulate' Boks

2010-06-15 13:09

Johannesburg - South Africa find themselves in the same group as France in the Soccer World Cup group stages for the second time in 12 years.

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Former France international and footballing legend Zinedine Zidane did not play against South Africa when they met in the 1998 World Cup finals due to injury.

This former World Cup winner is still very involved in football however has since retired from professional football and will once again be only a spectator when South African face France on the 22nd of June in their final group stage fixture.

However, Zizou believes that Bafana Bafana can emulate the Springbok winning team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup and win on home soil. He told the Siya crew that the spirit the rugby team had in 1995 is the same that the football team of 2010 has.

“You don’t need extra motivation when you are playing at home, where you have Nelson Mandela as your icon. He motivated the rugby team in 1995 and he has done the same with the soccer team this year. The team is well balanced and they have the potential to go all the way to the finals and win the cup,” Zidane said with great enthusiasm.

“They just have to keep on believing that they are capable of doing all the good things on the field of play for their team, and the rest will be history,” Zidane said.

He added that all the six African teams in the tournament have the potential to do well and make the continent proud.

“I was watching Algeria play against Slovenia and although they lost they played very well. If they can play like that in their next games, they have the chance of advancing to the next round,” Zizou concluded.

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