The Bafana Bafana I know turned up at Mangaung to give people an opportunity to be hopeful as they march into the last 16. For many, because of ignorance, had written South Africa out before the tournament began.
For us who know the potential of this team, the first two matches were a great betrayal. We wondered where the team we knew was. This is the team we know. They played the game we know, the game we call Super Diski, attacking with abandon.
people may believe in the misfortunes of France. It does not factor in. Some are tempted to think conspiracy. That is rubbish. Bafana threw everything into this game, something they should have done against Mexico and Uruguay.
Bongani Khumalo rose high to head a corner by Simphiwe Tshabalala. Tsepo Masilela ran on the left to feed Katlego Mpela who scored from close range.
France, who had a man sent off, pulled one back through Malouda in the second half. The goal took something out of South Africa as they were forced to back paddle. The introduction of Siyabonga Nomvethe and Teko Modise shifted the momentum to South Africa once more, the crossbar denying Mpela and the goalkeeper with three telling saves.
Bafantastic Bafantastic were so close to qualifying for the next round of 16, that if they did not concede and Uruguay scored a second goal against Mexico, would have sealed the deal. The followers of this blog will remember the “LETTER TO BAFANA” which they seem to have read with keen interest.
If the momentum could have carried into the last 10 minutes, it could have been a different story. The goalkeeper was so outstanding that he was the difference of Bafana going through and staying out.