South Africa – World Cup 2010 – Betting
Manager: Carlos Alberto Perreira
Captain: Aaron Mokoena
FIFA World Ranking: 90
World Cup Appearances: 2
Bets World Cup: Round 1
South Africa Team Profile
South Africa were granted their first ever World Cup when FIFA gave the continent the go-ahead to host the greatest footballing tournament on earth. The eyes of the world will be on South Africa and with great responsibility comes added pressure. Danny Jordan is the man employed to organise the world cup and ensure it’s ready on time to deliver a unique sporting spectacle. This will be South Africa‘s first ever taste of World Cup football as the hosts and they will want to leave their mark and ensure the travelling fans leave the continent with happy memories, regardless of how well their country does.
Despite problems with the construction side of things, Bafana Bafana’s biggest concern is the quality of the South African team. Many neutrals have already tipped South Africa to be the worst ever host nation in regards to how well the host country actually does in it’s own world cup. It’s up to the South African fans to create an atmosphere to remember but that will be extremely hard if their side doesn’t make inroads in the tournament itself. Manager Carlos Alberto Parreira is confident he will have a side capable of competing once the finals kick-off but we aren’t convinced.
Nickname: Bafana Bafana (The Boys)
South Africa, after only recently sacking Joel Santana after some disastrous displays from the national team, have one again seeked inspiration and, to put it bluntly, help from a Brazilian, as Carlos Alberto Perreira was chosen as the man to guide South Africa to a respectable finish on home soil.
There is no doubting the experience of the man having spent no less than 43 years in the managerial business. At 67 years of age, Perreira has certainly been around the block and then lapped it once more, as the variety of clubs he’s managed is quite remarkable, ranging from managing the Kuwait national team all the way up to leading his own country, Brazil. In a managerial career which consists of a mixture of both clubs and national teams, Perreira has spent roughly 26 years managing international sides, of which he has enjoyed three stints as Brazil manager, so perhaps he can install some Samba magic into the South Africa team.
We can honestly say, we doubt they’ll be a manager at South Africa with as much experience at all levels of international than Carlos Alberto Perreira, so the appointment looks a fantastic capture for South Africa, who definitely need some inspiring.
South Africa Key Players
The South African captain will need to step up for the finals and act as a true leader. With 90 caps, Mokoena is South Africa’s most capped player and with some of the squad still fairly young, his experience will be key in guiding South Africa along the right path. South Africa are often a side that can loose concentration when they go a goal down so the omen will be on Mokoena to restore faith in the ranks and enhance player morale.
If South Africa are to have a successful World Cup as host nation, they will need their favourite player to perform. Matthew Booth is not only their rock at the back but he also inspires the home supporters. Whenever Booth touches the ball, you’ll hear a roar of ‘BOOTH’. The 32 year old will be hoping to repay the support of the fans with a few solid performances at the back and possibly assert his presence in the oppositions penalty area as well. Booth is 6ft 6incs tall and will be key from set pieces for South Africa despite his low goalscoring tally of 1 goal in 26 international appearances.
The Blackburn forward has been a controversial character for South Africa. He’s often had to make a choice between club and country with club often prevailing. This left a bad taste in the South African fans but they may need to swallow their pride and accept their most prolific striker back with open arms. McCarthy did retire from international football back in 2002 but made a swift return in 2004 and Joel Santana will be hoping to acquire his services next summer. The South Africans lack an out-an-out forward and McCarthy will fill the void. 31 goals in 76 games makes Benni McCarthy South Africa’s highest ever goalscorer and they will need his goals in South Africa next year.
Unfortunately, South Africa don’t have too many strengths. Their team lacks any real quality and they will rely solely on the support from the home fans to get them through some tough matches. The South African’s showed their support at the FIFA Confederations Cup, mainly with their ‘vuvuzelas’, which we must warn you in advance, are blooming annoying. However, the atmosphere created by the fans with their vuvuzelas helped inspire the players to a fourth place finish and the Bafana Bafana faithful will be out in full force in a bid to drive their team to at least the last sixteen stage of the tournament.
South Africa not only lack a potential match winner within their ranks but they lack a team capable of reaching the heights the fans demand. Bypassing the groups is a must as far the South African’s are concerned and anything less will be seen as a major disappointment. However, the home fans may be in for torrid time as we expect South Africa to struggle on home soil despite the support of the nation behind them. Their defence is vulnerable, their attack is blunt while their only glimmer of hope may rest in midfield. Teko Modise looked lively in the Confederations cup while Steven Pienaar looks a bright spark in the centre of the park. With the exception of the midfield, South Africa appear doomed.
South Africa Qualification for the World Cup:
South Africa qualified virtue of being the host nation. Their preparations have been good after surpassing all expectations in the FIFA Confederations Cup when reaching the Semi-Finals, before losing 1-0 to Brazil.
South Africa Qualifying Statistics:
This will be the very first World Cup held on South African soil.
The pressure is firmly on the South African players with many punters and even FIFA President Sepp Blatter concerned over the quality of the South African team.
This will be South Africa’s third World Cup after missing out on the 2006 finals but previously qualifying for both the 1998 & 2002 World Cups.
World Cup Potential: 2/5
The only thing favouring the South African’s is that they’re the host country. They will receive a tremendous reception in the opening game and will also sell out their games with ease as the Bafana Bafana faithful do their best to push South Africa to victory. However, without the support, South Africa wouldn’t have a hope in hell. If the players thrive on the atmosphere then they could surprise a few but that’s a big ‘IF’.
South Africa World Cup Betting Odds
South Africa to win the World Cup: 500/1 – bWin
Before the World Cup the odds on South Africa were 150/1
Official South Africa World Cup Squad
Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)
Shu-Aib Walters (Maritzburg United)
Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates)
Matthew Booth (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Siboniso Gaxa (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Bongani Khumalo (Supersport United)
Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa, Israel)
Aaron Mokoena (Portsmouth)
Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk)
Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows)
Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates)
Surprise Moriri (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Lance Davids (Ajax Cape Town)
Kagisho Dikgacoi (FC Fulham)
Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates)
Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs)
Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs)
Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows)
Steven Pienaar (Everton)
Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan)
Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Siyabonga Nomvete (Moroka Swallows)
Bernard Parker (FC Twente Enschede)
last update: 18 June 2010
World Cup 2010 South Africa Fixtures – Group A
|Date - Time||Group||Match||Result|
|11/06 - 15.00||A||South Africa - Mexico||1-1|
|11/06 - 19.30||A||Uruguay - France||0-0|
|16/06 - 19.30||A||South Africa - Uruguay||0-3|
|17/06 - 19.30||A||France - Mexico||0-2|
|22/06 - 15.00||A||Mexico - Uruguay||0-1|
|22/06 - 15.00||A||France - South Africa||1-2|
World Cup 2010 Group A - Table
|Rank||Team||Matches / Points|
|1||Uruguay||3 Matches / 7 Points|
|2||Mexico||3 Matches / 4 Points|
|3||South Africa||3 Matches / 4 Points|
|4||France||3 Matches / 1 Point|