Bafana will finish on top

2010-06-10 11:22

Bafana Bafana will get maximum points from their three World Cup

group games, says Elijah Moholola.

Forget the inyangas and the prophets. Forget the

psychics and the fortune-tellers.

The only way to determine how Bafana Bafana will perform in the

group stages of the World Cup is to look at our national team’s last three

friendly games.

Whether it was pure coincidence or part of the preparations plan,

Bafana faced opponents from the same geographical locations as their Group A

foes – in the exact order.

What Carlos Parreira’s charges did to Colombia, Guatemala and

Denmark is precisely what they will do to Mexico, Uruguay and France.

Against Colombia, Bafana attained a “by-all-means-necessary

victory” – with a little help from the referee – in converting two penalties for

a 2-1 win.

As stubborn as Mexico – who are in the same vicinity as Colombia –

might try to be tomorrow, we are going to utilise every weapon in our arsenal to

get the three points.

And that includes the vuvuzela. Just Ask Colombia.

Bafana then gave Guatemala, which is only a Gautrain’s trip away

from Uruguay, a 5-0 thrashing.

Well, it will not be quite a “chesa mpama” for Uruguay, but they

will still lose to the boys in yellow and green.

It is hard to understand how Uruguay are ranked 16th in the world.

But on June 16, Bafana will show why they shouldn’t be ranked that high.

Uruguay had only one official warm-up friendly game – there is no

way Bafana cannot beat a team that ill-prepared.

Then there will be France, who should surely be aware of Bafana’s

1-0 victory over their neighbours Denmark last Saturday.

Now a discombobulated side, France is a shade of its former mighty

self. They beat us 3-0 in the 1998 World Cup as hosts but now the shoe is on the

other foot. Bafana will avenge that defeat and march to the second round.

After the three group games, it will be 15 games without a loss for

our boys.

The full nine points will not only ensure that Bafana finish top,

but will also mean they avoid Argentina and take on possibly Nigeria in the last


Should that happen, we will teach Nigeria a lesson too, and equal a

record quarterfinal finish by an African country.

As a colleague put it, after the enormous support shown by the

entire country yesterday, Bafana “cannot bungle this project”.

Seeing the whole Mzansi turned yellow and green was reminiscent

of the 1996 African Cup of Nations song from an advert of one of the sponsors:

“One nation, one soul, one beer, one goal.”

At the end of the World Cup, we will all be singing in agreement

that Bafana “showed them”!


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