Quiz time!

Think you're smarter than your friends? Prove it by tackling Sport24's almost impossible yet highly addictive quiz!

Mokoena: We fell into the trap

2010-06-17 08:30

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana fell into the trap set by Uruguay and ended up losing 3-0 with their 2010 Soccer World Cup dreams shattered.

WIN an adidas hamper

So said Bafana captain Aaron Mokena, after the second Group A clash that ended in tears in front of a capacity crowd at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday night.

"They laid the trap and we fell right into it. It is going to be hard to get out of it, but we are not out of the World Cup just yet.

"We still have one match to play against France next Tuesday (in Bloemfontein) and we aim to win that and give ourselves a fighting chance to reach our goal of playing in the second round," said Mokoena.

Bafanas cause was not helped by a controversial refereeing decision in the 77th minute when Swiss referee Massimo Basacca sent off Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for a foul on Luis Suarez inside his penalty area.

He awarded the South Americans a penalty, which was netted by Diego Forlan who had scored the first goal.

Pereira rubbed salt into the wound by heading home the third goal with the last move of the game.

Bafana head coach Carlos Alberto Parreria was swearing blue murder at the match official saying he never wants to see him ever again.

But Mokoena said the players were determined to regroup and fight on. "We have the faith and belief that we can recover from this setback and still make the nation proud.

"Do not write us off just yet. We are determined to bounce back against France."

Mokoena said Wednesdays match against Uruguay was one of the toughest in his 104 international appearances for Bafana.

"Uruguay are a tough side to play against. They made life really difficult for us out there."

Mokoena refused to be drawn on the penalty and Khune sending off. He said: "We are a team and stand or fall as a team. I do not point fingers at any player."

The other bad news for Bafana is Fulham midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi picked up a second yellow card and like Khune is suspended and misses the France clash.

Bafana play ninth world ranked France at 16:00 on Tuesday at the Free State Stadium.

More In This Category

Thierry Henry would never consider playing for France again even if new coach and former teammate Laurent Blanc asked him to.
An emotional Diego Maradona says he was betrayed as Argentina coach by national team director Carlos Bilardo.
Carlos Alberto Parreira has left South Africa at the end of his contract with Bafana Bafana, headed for his home in Rio de Janeiro.
Ghana defender John Mensah has refuted claims of a spat with the Ghana Football Association over unpaid Soccer World Cup bonuses.
Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk