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France Coach Snubs Bafana’s Parreira after South Africa Victory

Posted by KAY-EL On June - 23 - 2010

Carlos Alberto Parreira snubbed by Francew coach Domenech

France Coach Raymond Domenech refused to shake South African coach Carlos Alberto Parreira’s had after the Bafana Bafana vs France match in Bloemfontein yesterday.

2 -1 Victory for Bafana Bafana

At the end of the 2-1 victory for Bafana Bafana — which saw both  teams crash out of the World Cup — the ex-Olympique Lyonnais supremo swept aside etiquette to ignore Parreira’s handshake. If his rude and uncooth behaviour is supposed to set an example, it is no wonder his team went out of control

According to Kickoff. the snub is rumoured to have centred on the Brazilian’s previous declaration that France did not deserve to qualify for the tournament.

This whole week’s run-p to yesterday afternoon’s Group A finale symbolised the climax of the 58-year-old’s crisis-hit spell in charge of Les Bleus for the past four years.

Snub About France’s Qualification

South Africa coach Parreira believes the snub was in response to comments he had made about France’s controversial qualification for the finals when Thierry Henry’s infamous handball helped to see off the Republic of Ireland, says football365

Parreira said: “I believe it was because I had criticised his team after they qualified, but I really don’t remember.

“This is what his assistants told me.”

Laurent Blanc to Take Over

I am sure the French team ( and government) will be relieved that former Girondins de Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc to take control after the 2010 World Cup.

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Bafana Bafana vs France in Mangaung, Bloemfontein may be one of the most emotional games in the 2010 World Cup for South Africans.

Bafana Bafana vs France Pay Back Time for 3- Loss in 1998

On 12 June 1998 France beat Bafana Bafana 3 -0 at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille in front of a crowd of 55,077. The France goals were scored by Dugarry 34′,Issa 77′ , and Henry 90′. France went on to win the World Cup that year!

Today, in Bloemfontein at the 45 000 seater Free State Stadium Bafana Bafana believe it is pay back time! And they will do so with flags, vuvuzelas and a Bafana Bafana team that they believe might just still pull it off.

World Cup Group A Clashes

The host nation face a crucial World Cup Group A clash in Bloemfontein later today, where they need to win by more than two goals and hope for a winning result in the group’s other fixture which will be played simultaneously between Mexico and Uruguay at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. Kick off for both matches is 16H00.

The impending early exit of the host nation, and the impact on the World Cup, has been overshadowed in the last days by a French player strike over the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka, who refused to apologise for allegedly swearing at his coach.

Bafana World Cup Performance

Bafana’s performance in the two World Cup matches has not been bad, but it has not been that great either. Holding Mexico to a draw in the excitement and intensity of the opening ceremony at Soccer City was  quite a feat, but the fact is that the South African team  has scored one goal in two outings at the 2010 World Cup. Even more worrying is the fact that the team created very little against Uruguay and looked lost for inspiration. They just seemed to be treading water.

Parreira Criticism

Head Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has received more than a share of criticism for his unimaginative 4-2-3-1 formation, an approach that has become the de facto standard for teams as diverse as Germany and the Netherlands., who have attacking midfields to pull off this formation.

But maybe it is not our formation that is wrong, it is the players. Not that the players are not talented. However, remember, Parreira has only has a few months to work with these boys. It all goes back to grassroots football development.

Five Changes in the Bafana Bafana Team

The Bafana coach announced yesterday that he was going to make five changes to the Bafana Bafana team for the match against France. “I’m going to talk to the players tonight (Monday) and announce my changes tomorrow. I have already had training with the team that should play. In all there will be five (changes) including the two that have been red carded and yellow carded.”

Possible Solutions for Bafana Bafana

I have spoken to many experts and loyal supporters and they all seem to agree that Bafana needs at least two strikers up front. We just do not have the right midfield to play with a single striker.”

Bafana need to play an attacking game, maybe with Bernard Parker coming from the midfield while you have Nomvete and Mphela as outright strikers.

This way you can put France’s defence under pressure and they will start making mistakes

But unless we create chances and opportunities, unless Bafana start playing creatively, we will end up with the situation of two players isolated up front. Just throwing in an extra attacker does not resolve the original problem, which is – creating chances. Bafana could find themselves in a situation where instead of one man isolated up front, there will be two.

Khune and Dikgacoi Out on Suspension

Meanwhile all the players have been declared fit and are available for selection except for goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi who are both serving a one-match suspension

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Bafana Bafana vs Uruguay – Match Report

Posted by KAY-EL On June - 17 - 2010

Ithumeleng Kune - Red Card Woe

Bafana Bafana vs Uruguay ended in a 0 – 3 to South Americans in an icy cold Pretoria last night with Diego Forlan and his strike partner Luis Suarez emerging as heroes.

When Switzerland beat Spain yesterday afternoon, it should have been a sign that the soccer gods were in an upside down mood. And on a freezing cold night at Loftus Versveld in South Africa’s Capital City, Bafana Bafana were taught a soccer lesson.

Maybe it is just Loftus Versveld. I mean the buys in blue jerseys always win there; or maybe Bafana Bafana had started getting a bit windgat after too many wins against muppets (Ok, Denmark was a REAL win).

Bafana Bafana vs Uruguay

The fact of the matter is that Uruguay ended the game 3-0 up thanks to second-half goals by Diego Forlan and Alvaro Pereira, Forlan having put them 1-0 up in the first half.

The South Americans were on the offensive from the start. And their pressure game paid off when one looks at the score line and the fact that the South Africans played most of the match in their own half.

Ithumeleng Khune’s Red Card

The Ref – well he often looked like he was on the side of Uruguay. I know the red carding of Ithumeleng Khune was technically by “the rulez” but it was so clear that the Bafana stopper has no intent to foul and that the Uruguayan was way offside.

According to to earn a red card a player must commit a dangerous tackle or a “professional” foul, which is defined as a deliberate foul committed as a last-ditch tactic to prevent an opponent from scoring.

As Khune’s challenge was not a dangerous one, the referee must have judged the ‘keeper to have tripped Suarez in order to prevent him from scoring.

The Kaizer Chiefs stopper was given his marching orders for a last-man challenge on striker Luis Suarez, with the resulting penalty converted by Diego Forlan to put the game out of South Africa’s reach, reports

Replays have shown that the linesman should have flagged for offside before the foul and Khune said: “I am disappointed, but there is nothing I can do.

When Khune left the field in tears, I wanted to cry with him, because the red card also means that he will have to miss the next game.

They Boyz Weren’t on Good Form

The substitution after Khune’s dismissal was a great time for the coach to take of Teko Modise, but he took off Steven Pienaar (not much of a loss last night).

By putting Kagisho Dikgacoi on in the starting line up with a yellow card already, Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira knew he was taking a chance. The robust Dikgacoi predictably got another yellow and is also out for the next match along with Khune.

AS for the rest of the team – I have seldom seen such a lackluster, unenergetic performance. Pienaar hardly moved; even the very busy Shabalala was quiet, and poor Killer Mhpele, playing all on his own up front against a very physical Uruguayan defense was shut down every time.

Coach Must Make Changes

Maybe Coach CAP is a bit rigid with his team selection and should take out Teko Modise. Modise is really not getting any better. Why not take a chance on old timer, Siyabonga Nomvete? Remember, Nomvete wrote his name into the history books as he scored the goal that gave South Africa their first-ever win in the World Cup finals, against Slovenia in Daegu, South Korea. He also scored a goal against Sweden to help Bafana Bafana beat European opposition for the first time.

It could be a good idea to play Pienaar just for one-half before bringing on Bernard Parker.

Bafana needs Playmakers

Bafana Bafana need  firepower – they need players up front who will keep moving forward- keep the ball in front of them and keep making shots at goal. Nomvete, Parker and Mphela will make things happen.

Hanging out in your own half, kicking the ball to your teammates is no way to win a match.

Confident Uruguay

The more listless Bafana got, the more confident Uruguay became.

Uruguay’s victory over South Africa has completely changed the perspective of Maestro Tabarez’s regarding their future in the competition. A loose victory 3-0 embedded the players with a new spirit that will be determinant to face their Mexican brothers next week.

As I said in the preview to Bafana Bafana vs Uruguay: “For Uruguay, the key player is Diego Forlan, as the Atletico Madrid star remains their most dangerous striker and the focal point of their attack. If he’s on his game, then it could be a rough time for Bafana Bafana.”

“Sure there are stronger teams than us, but I’m confident we can beat anyone,” declared the Uruguayan coach after the triumph. Uruguay gained not only in numbers, but also in attitude. On minute 75 Luis Suarez managed to get through Bafana’s defense.

France vs Mexico – Let’s hope for a Draw

If France and Mexico end their game in a draw, then all Tabarez’s squad will need is one point to secure their future in the competition. Positioning Diego Forlan as the architect of Uruguay’s creation was a right call by Maestro Tabarez.

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Bafana Bafana vs Denmark – Match Report

Posted by KAY-EL On June - 6 - 2010

Killer Mphela - Bafana StrikeforceBafana Bafana vs Denmark did prove the toughest test for Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira’s boys, but they came through with flying colours winning the encounter by one goal.

Score: Bafana 1 Denmark 0. Now if that is not punching above your weight and landing a knockout blow, then I don’t know!

Bafana – Unbeaten 12 Matches

Bafana Bafana stretched their unbeaten run to 12 matches after a 1-0 win over Denmark at Atteridgeville on Saturday afternoon.

YeYe and Killer Bring it Home

A fine through-ball from Reneilwe YeYe Letsholonyane and a cool finish from Katlego Killer Mphela saw Bafana run out winners and ready for the World Cup come June 11th.

Teko Modise and Siphiwe Tshabalala drove the South Africans forward for most of the first half. And although Stevie P didn’t have his usual brilliant game, he certainly had nothing to be ashamed of.

Denmark had the better start to the second half and put the South African defense under pressure at the start. But despite all the hard work, they could only muster a deflected shot, which was easily dealt with by Itumeleng Khune, whose safe hands were in just the right place when Bafana slacked off a bit just before the final whistle.

Read the whole match report of South Africa vs Denmark on football

South Africa vs Denmark – Man of the Match Reneilwe YeYe Letsholonyane

Bafana Bafana midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane (YeYe) dedicated his Man-of-the-Match award against Denmark to the rest of the national team camp. This humble guy from Kaizer Chiefs played like he was on fire. He is another playa that is getting better with each game. Yeye’s pass for Mphela’s winner dissected the Danish defense brilliantly and the former Jomo Cosmos man admits that it was instinctive.

He added: “I expected him to get there because I know he has got pace. When I saw him making that run I just played the ball.”

Steven Pienaar 50th Cap for Bafana Bafana

Steven Pienaar earned his 50th cap for the national team when he ran onto the park for the South Africa vs Denmark match in Tshwane yesterday. The Everton Midfielder said after the match: “I am really proud to have played my 50th game and now I am looking forward to the World Cup, the first game (against Mexico).

“I also hope to play more games for Bafana (in the future).”

Bafana Bafana played some great football during the victory in Tshwane and Pienaar believes it is down to the squad following head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira’s tactics to a tee.

“I think the team played really well. We were organised and followed the coach’s instructions,” he continued.

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Bafana Bafana 23-man Squad for World Cup Announced

Posted by KAY-EL On June - 1 - 2010

Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has announced his 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. South Africa will play Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 11 June.

After the training camps and fitness regimes and international friendlies, the coach has cut the Bafana Bafana squad to the regulation 23-man squad.

Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira Talks About Bafana Bafana

Coach praises all his players and said how sad he was to leave some of them behind, but FIFA has rules and they had to obey. He talked about the Vision the Boyz have – the vision of the World Cup. “Coach, make us proud”. He delivered the message to Bafana Bafana to make the people proud. He wanted the game in Soccer city. I love the Vuvuzelas. The vuvuzelas help us a lot. The vision of the Boys is to make this country proud.

Now is the time for competition. One more last game. Winning is important, but performance is very important too, Game against Denmark is important. Team has shape and they are ready for the competition. Last four games average three goals per game.

We have to respect everybody but we don’t have to fear anybody.

All of them deserve to be there.

Five that are left out:

Benni McCarthy

Rowen Fernandez

Bryce Moon

Innocent Mdledle

Franklin Cale

Final 23-Man Bafana Bafana squad

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Shu-Aib Walters (Maritzburg United)

Defenders: Matthew Booth, Siboniso Gaxa (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport United), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Aaron Mokoena (Portsmouth, England), Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk, Belgium), Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows), Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates)

Midfielders: Surprise Moriri (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lance Davids (Ajax Cape Town), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Fulham, England), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala (both Kaizer Chiefs), Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows), Steven Pienaar (Everton, England), Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan, Russia)

Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyabonga Nomvete (Moroka Swallows), Bernard Parker (FC Twente, Netherlands)

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