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June 18, 2009

South Africa secure first ever Confed Cup win

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Fans cheering at the opening of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009. Photo courtesy Shine 2010 - 2010 World Cup good news

In a must-win game for the hosts, South Africa rose to the challenge last night to secure their first ever Confederations Cup win after cruising past a hapless New Zealand side 2-0, thanks to a brace from Bernard Parker.

Bafana Bafana started the game well with the returning Steven Pienaar and Orlando Pirates’ Teko Modise’s crisp, incisive passing tearing the All Whites’ defence to tatters.

Had it not been for an inspired performance between the sticks by New Zealand ’keeper Glenn Moss, it could have been far worse for the visitors, who faced an unrelenting onslaught from a fired-up South African side.

However, despite Moss’s heroics, Tsepo Masilela, who traumatised New Zealand defender Dave Mulligan for most of the evening, combined brilliantly with Parker for both goals, ensuring that the host nation will go into their final group game confident of securing a point from the European Champions, Spain.

While South Africa can lose their next game and still qualify for the semi-finals along with Spain in Group A, a draw will ensure that they progress to the knockout stages of the tournament.

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