The next post here may be a post mortem of the Bafana Bafana – Mexico game that kicks off hours from now. The South African team went into a thunderous parade that was an undoing for their technical good. The unnecessary publicity stunt incensed Parreira, who did not realised the organisers are interested in saving their skin, not his.
In football terms, the team was supposed to be in solitary confinement in the Drankensburg mountains seeing and dreaming green. Thank God Mexico are not going to spoil any one’s day tomorrow. Never. This is not because Mexico are uncapable, or Bafana are able. The game cannot be won by anyone who is not South African. Period.
Bafana Bafana, in Steven Pienaar, Simphiwe Tshabalala and Letsholonyane, have show-time men who can not be out done on an occassion like tomorrow. Forget your predictions and statistics and emotions and hate of South Africa. It is the game Bafana are going to surprise many, including themselves.
The central midfield anchor MacBeth Sibaya, will be the main industrial hub of that football machinery. His role will be to intercept balls meant for Mexico front runners. He will be operating in front of the towering Mathew Booth and solid Captain, Aaron Mokoena. Wing backs, Gaxa and Masilela, will have a two fold role of surging forward with wing attacks to deliver crosses for Katlego Mpela. They will have to recover to slightly central defensive positions when possession is lost.
My desire is to see Bernard Parker in there. Coach Parreira is likely to play Surprise Moriri. Moriri will be the key though. He has a great sense of positioning and composure of finishing. There is no doubt that Ithumeleng Khune will keep goals. For the youngster, he will want to keep a clean sheet to boost his confidence, and how he will shine.
Mexico have a veteran coach. His experience tomorrow counts for nothing as he comes to the Cathedral of Football of the world. His tactics will not wrestle away the vuvuzela noise away from Carlos Vela and company. They are good and strong as a team. Forget that tomorrow. They are playing South Africa at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg , full stop.