Bafana Bafana and the wake up call

United States
June 22, 2010 11:22am CST
Today South Africa added salt to an already battled and plagued French team and forcing them to leave in shambles and disgrace. They also made history by being the first host nation to be knocked out the world cup in the group stages. I think to be fair to South Africa it was not an easy group and they are the 2nd worse ranked nation playing. There is a lot South Africa can be proud of, hosting an amazing tournament and trying their best which just wasn't good enough. Had Mpele the crossbar king scored against Mexico it would have been a different story. He seems to hit the crossbar more times in a game then most countries shoot as we saw yet another one today verse France. The glory days of South African soccer is over and its time we realized that. Gone is the team of '96 that won the African Cup of nations, these guys didn't even qualify. The sooner they realize they not so special and work on building a youthful team with heart and soul the better. South Africa as we have been so fortunate to see loves soccer and lives soccer its time the players returned the favor for all these years of loyal support with nothing to show for it. Ke Nako, we are ready, Bafana its time you shine.
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@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
22 Jun 10
I hate to see France leaves although it's not my fav. But I have to salute the host nation. Bravo South Africa. You deserve!
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• United States
22 Jun 10
If only South Africa were in an easier group I wonder what could have happened....
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
22 Jun 10
TomiTomi, Do you sincerely feel that you are sad to see French out of this tournament after all the controversies that they have brought into the tournament. I think it should be a big relief to the people of France more than anything to see an end to this embarrassment!! Cheers! Ram
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@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
22 Jun 10
Yes! Sad that all these have happened. That's my feelings for France.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
22 Jun 10
It was really a very good way to bow out of their home tournament for South Africa. They gave France a real battering and should have won that match by 3-4 goals. As it is they won it 2-1 and even then it is an incredible result for them looking at the quality of two teams on paper. As far as French team is concerned the end of the Domanech era could not have come sooner. It was another disgraceful disjointed performance from France. They got one player sent off though the sending off was a bit harsh. And then most disgracefully Domanech refused to shake hands with the South African coach Carlos Alberto Perreira. It was as disgraceful as it gets. Cheers! Ram
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• United States
22 Jun 10
When he refused to shake hands with the South African coach I was in shock. He has issues with his team and players but to take that out on a coach who just did his job is wrong. South Africa and France will be replacing their coaches very soon. France are either contenders for the trophy or just a stat and one of the 32 unlike Brazil. I am happy to see France leave!
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
22 Jun 10
I mean with so much criticism going around, you will expect the coach to have brains not to create another controversy!! Cheers! Ram
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
28 Jun 10
Thanks for the best response. Cheers! Ram
• United States
22 Jun 10
Being a Mexico fan I do see alot of enthusiasm in that team. True, they do need to develope more talent but what South Africa had was fairly good. The players just need more experience playing in better leagues. Exporting some of there players would help there futbol game.
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• United States
22 Jun 10
They have a few that play in England and Europe, only a handful remain at home. My biggest issue with the team and my husband played with 2 of them is they lack a desire to win, they seem to get content easily. Lets hope the youth will shine and in 4 years they can show the world how they grew!
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
24 Jun 10
You seem to be fond of your team and I hope the best for you. I am from Oceania and I think to so well of New Zealand. They may not go to the finals, but to draw with the regining champions is a feat for us here. If they go one step further it will fanastic for us.
• United States
2 Jul 10
You got to be loyal till the end no matter what :)
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
2 Jul 10
I got you. Very true indeed.
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
24 Jun 10
You seem to be fond of your team. I wish they will do you proud. I am from Oceania so I am behind New Zealnd, the team from our region. We celebrated when they drew with the current world champion, Italy. We do not think they will go to the finals, but if they go one step further into play offs, it will be fantastic for us.
@adhyz82 (36289)
• Indonesia
23 Jun 10
it`s too late for bafana bafana team to wake up. but they had proof in their fans but they had a special potential to beat an european country. i think carlos alberto pareira had make a progress for south african nationa team
22 Jun 10
I think that they did will in a tough group. The other 3in the group are ranked a lot higher than them and to get 4 points out of the group is a good effort. Its a pity that they could not get through to the knock out stages.
@danoluma (817)
• Kenya
22 Jun 10
It serves them well. they were so much hyped and we all know they did not even qualify for the African cup of nations how could you expect them to perform? They were way below standards. For the French let them sought out their issues.