World Cup Hosts South Africa Name Squad Against The Odds

13th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Scouring the best bookmakers for betting on the World Cup, there is one common theme running throughout all of them. That is, that hosts South Africa, otherwise known as the Bafana Bafana, are not expected to cause any shocks by qualifying from Group A. If they do not, they will become the first nation in World Cup history to not reach the second round. So why are South Africa apparently so far out in the football wilderness, when the soccer world really needs them to stand up and be counted? There is a feeling of immense pressure upon them, to prolong the local interest in the historic tournament which is being held on the African continent for the first time ever. Coach Alberto Parreira is faced with the difficult task of pulling South Africa out of the wilderness, and he has named his preliminary 30 man World Cup squad, which highlights a lot of the country’s problems. But Brazilian Parreira is no stranger to success, as he led Brazil to World Cup glory in 1994.

One of the Bafana Bafana’s most famous exports, is West Ham striker Benni McCarthy. McCarthy has made the squad, despite only playing roughly only two games for his club since February. The nation will rely on his experience and he will be put through his paces in the run up to the World Cup. He joined up with the rest of the squad, which has been at camp for a while now, but has only been occupied by the domestic players. Only eleven of the 30 man provisional squad ply their trade oversees, and that leaves a large continent of home based players, who will perhaps not be used to competing at such a high level. This is perhaps their biggest problem, that since their arrival back on the international scene, they have not developed the kind of world talent that can be exported across Europe and beyond. It may be the biggest contributing factor in their forthcoming World Cup Fixtures.

South Africa, being hosts, have not even had the luxury of playing any real competitive football ahead of the tournament, and need to consolidate their preparations beginning with an international friendly schedule which pits them against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Denmark, while they try and secure a tougher test against Argentina before the tournament starts. This lack of competitive football will only hurt the host nation more, and the five outings they have this year have also come against weaker opposition. They have beaten Zimbabwe and Jamaica, and have drawn against Korea DPR, Paraguay and Namibia. It will be a shame to have the tournament fall flat if they cannot raise their game and get to the second round, but looking at World Cup betting at Bet365 has South Africa a 9/4 outsiders to qualify from Group A, which contains France, Uruguay and Mexico.

South Africa open their host nation account with a match against Mexico on June 11th, to raise the curtain on the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Everton’s Steven Pienaar will be an influential key player for the Bafana Bafana, but there are still more players to join up with the squad, such as Portsmouth’s Aaron Mokoena, and Fulham’s Kagisho Dikgacoi.

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Shu-Aib Walters, Rowen Fernandez, Moeneeb Joseph.

Defenders:
Matthew Booth, Siboniso Gaxa, Innocent Mdledle, Bongani Khumalo, Tsepo Masilela, Aaron Mokoena, Bryce Moon, Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Sangweni, Lucas Thwala, Bevan Fransman.

Midfielders:
Surprise Moriri, Franklin Cale, Lance Davids, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Andile Jali, Teko Modise, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Thanduyise Khuboni, Steven Pienaar , Macbeth Sibaya.

Strikers:
Benni McCarthy, Katlego Mphela, Siyabonga Nomvete, Bernard Parker

 



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