A disastrous result in Wednesdays game has left South Africa needing a miracle to progress to the second round. Outclassed in every department, Bafana Bafana rarely threatened to mount a serious challenge to a classy Uruguay side.
This was a particularly disheartening way to throw away the initiative in our home tournament. The part of the defeat that hurts the most is how bad we were. We simply just did not look like a team playing at home, with massive support and with the confidence of a 13 game unbeaten run. In the end it looks like we're going to crash out of the World Cup with a whimper rather than with the roar of the vuvezela's.
Parreira tried to find some excuses by blaming the referee and maybe he has a point - personally I think Suarez went over far too easily to get the penalty, but let’s be honest, we never deserved to get anything from the Uruguay game. Our defence were run ragged by Forlan and our attacking threat seemed devoid of imagination.
Our future in this tournament now relies on us beating France. Judging by the former World Champions poor showing against Mexico at least we can take heart from the fact that even though we performed badly against Uruguay, France are in a bad way. I guess that’s what having Raymond Domenech will do for your team’s prospects.
I think even the most optimistic of Bafana Bafana fans will have to say that it's not looking likely we'll qualify for the last 16. Even if the worse is to happen and we exit the competition I hope we can do it in more style then we showed against Uruguay.
On the face of it, apart from being hosts, many would argue that South Africa didn't really deserve to be in this tournament. We haven’t qualified for the last few World Cups, we're one of the lowest ranked teams in the whole tournament and we couldn't even qualify for this year’s African Nations Cup. It's up to us to prove against France that we DO deserve to be at this World Cup and we CAN match up to the best teams in the world.
The world will be watching again on Tuesday when we face France. If it is to be our last match in the 2010 World Cup let’s do it with style and make sure South Africa is still smiling.
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