Tournament News

'Bafana will surprise everyone'

2010-03-03 12:07

Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana captains Lucas Radebe and Neil Tovey both believe that South Africa can progress beyond the first round of the World Cup - but only with the country's support.

A Kaizer Chiefs and Leeds United legend, Radebe feels that South Africa have as much chance as any team at the tournament and their sense of responsibility to the country will see them through.

He told "Look, we have a good bunch of players and with our support I believe that these boys can surprise everyone in the World Cup.

"We also have a good coach in Carlos Alberto Parreira whom I rate very highly so Bafana has equally good chances of progressing like any other country. As a host country, it is important that we do reach the knockout stages and the boys know this hence I say they will make us proud in the World Cup."

Tovey knows more than most just how important the South African public will be to Bafana's chances at the World Cup, after leading the country to African Cup of Nations glory in 1996.

He said: "When we won the 1996 Afcon our fans were are 12th men and if they can once again unite behind Bafana, I have no doubts that the boys will do well. We just need to trust the team and make the boys feel appreciated."

The AmaZulu boss also gave his thoughts on how Group A would pan out - making it clear that South Africa will need to beat Mexico and Uruguay to progress.

"Look, the group is probably going to be won by France and that would leave Bafana and Mexico fighting out for the second spot", he said.

"Therefore if we beat Mexico and the Mexicans go on to lose to France in their second match and we beat Uruguay, the match between us and France will only be a decider for whichever team would finish first."

As a final word of advice, Tovey concluded that belief was key if Bafana are to make the most of the opportunity as hosts of the 2010 World Cup.

"Those who are selected must just go in and enjoy themselves and play with confidence, that's all." 

Read more on:    lucas radebe  |  neil tovey


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Updated: Hottest SWC WAGs

Updated: Hottest SWC 2010 WAGs


World Cup 2010 is over and the country is returning to normal - but have you moved on yet?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.