Bafana vs. France: tips for Carlos

2010-06-22 12:14

What should Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto

Parreira’s strategy be in the 2010 Fifa World Cup match against France this

afternoon? We asked the experts.

» Sias du Plessis, sports presenter on 5FM

Coach, I would like to see Steven Pienaar used out wide with Teko

Modise dropping to the bench, while Siphiwe Tshabalala keeps his place.

I would like to see two strikers used up front with Bernard Parker

and Katlego Mphela. In defence, Matthew Booth alongside Bongani Khumalo with

Aaron Mokoena slotting into a defensive midfield role.

The French will be disrupted after the “incredible sulk” saga and

will not want to play for coach Raymond Domenech. Their hearts will not be in

the clash.

I believe they have already made peace with the fact that they are

going home early, so exploit this and score the three goals needed for

victory.

But then again, France are as unpredictable as a child in a toy

store, so Bafana will have to be at their best to claim victory in Bloem.

» Cindy Poluta, sports

presenter on Talk Radio 702

I think Bafana have improved in leaps and bounds in their playing

style building up to the World Cup. A side ranked 83rd in the world going into

the tournament, realistically never stood a chance – yet they proved otherwise

against Mexico.

Against Uruguay, Bafana were simply outplayed.

I think for today’s game, there’s no need to change the formation

or playing style.

I would like to see Parreira start with some star players on the

bench, bringing them on when the battle becomes too tough.

I believe some of Bafana’s players get wrapped up in the hype of

the tournament and need to focus more on the job at hand.

Football is a team sport. There’s no point in trying to be the

hero, when you need the whole team to go through...

Go Bafana – I do believe you can do it!

» Ryan Botha, Moroka

Swallows player

I would like to see Siyabonga Nomvethe up front alongside Katlego

Mphela with Bernard Parker just behind to have a more attacking approach.

Push Steven Pienaar to the wing to get some width. Put Booth into

the central defence to help control the back four so we have the chance to

attack with free-flowing football.

» Andre Arendse, former

Bafana Bafana goalkeeper

Parreira needs to play a more attacking game today. Mphela needs

support from Parker and Pienaar needs to move right up to them.

We need to keep France on the back foot. From what we’ve seen in

the last two games, keep the same team but formations need to be based on a

style to attack France. We need to win the game, which is the number one

priority.

» Zola Doda, assistant

editor of KickOff Magazine

Playing France will not be easy regardless of which players they

have on the pitch. But this is one match where coach Parreira should use an

attacking formation because South Africa’s chances of making it through to the

next round are very slim.

Play attacking football, France defenders Bacary Sagna, Eric

Abidal, William Gallas and Patrice Evra are very short in stature so Matthew

Booth’s height will be needed up front when it comes to attacking crosses, free

kicks and corner kicks.

I would suggest:

Goalkeeper: Moneeb Josephs

Rightback: Siboniso Gaxa

Centreback: Matthew Booth

Centreback: Bongani Khumalo

Leftback: Tsepo Masilela

Right wing: Siyabonga Nomvethe

Anchorman: Reneilwe Letsholonyane

Playmaker: Steven Pienaar

Rightwing: Siphiwe Tshabalala

Forward: Katlego Mphela

Forward: Bernard Parker


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