Draw has Bafana facing tough competition in 2010 World Cup

2009-12-05 13:09

Bafana Bafana’s chances of reaching the second round of the 2010

World Cup took a serious knock when they were drawn against two former world

champions, France and Uruguay, as well as Mexico in Group A at the draw on

Friday.

Although Bafana coach Carlos Parreira described the draw as “a fair

one”, he admitted it would not be easy for any of the four teams.

“Any of the four countries can win this group, but I am confident

that with proper preparation we can do it. We just have to believe in ourselves

and show the world what we can do,” said Parreira.

Other coaches also admitted that there was no clear favourite among

the group.

Mexico’s coach, Javier Aguirre, whose team will play the opening

game against Bafana Bafana at Soccer City on June 14, said he was happy with the

draw, adding that it would not be easy for any side.

He said he was not concerned about facing the host country,

explaining that it would give them an advantage.

“Every team has a 50/50 chance of winning the group and we will

take one game at a time,” said Aguirre.

All African countries did not have the luck of the draw as they

were pitted against the world’s football superpowers.

Ivory Coast have been pitted against former world champions Brazil,

Portugal and North Korea.

It did not get any better for Nigeria, as they were also drawn

against two-times world champions Argentina, former European champions Greece

and 2002 World Cup hosts South Korea.

The Black Stars of Ghana, who will be making their second

appearance at a World Cup, have been drawn against three-times world champions

Germany, Australia and Serbia.

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will come up against the

Netherlands, Denmark and Japan while Algeria have England, the USA and Slovenia

to deal with.

The draw attracted more than 200 million viewers worldwide and was

beamed to more than 200 countries.

LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan described the draw spectacle as

the “best ever” and said it raised the bar for future events.


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