December 04, 2009
What Bafana Bafana fans should hope for at tonight’s draw
Photo courtesy www.mediaclubsouthafrica.co.za
With the draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup just hours away, Bafana Bafana fans are more anxious than ever as to which nations their team will face in the first round of Africa’s first soccer world cup next year.
Because of the seeding process and South Africa being the host nation, Bafana will definitely not have to face any of the top seven teams in the first round, namely Brazil, Spain, Italy, England, Germany, The Netherlands and Argentina.
Former Bafana Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett told The Cape Argus that Paraguay and New Zealand were two teams he would fancy Bafana’s chances against, while the toughest non-seeded teams that his former team-mates could face are France and Portugal.
He added however, that it might be good for the hosts to face one of the top teams in one of their opening games. “It wouldn’t be too bad a thing if Bafana drew a strong team or two in their group tonight,” he said.
“It will mean that they will have to up their game and bring the best out of the team.”
Some of the other supposedly weaker teams that Bafana could be drawn with include Honduras, Denmark, Slovenia or Slovakia and North Korea or New Zealand.
Bafana’s first fixture is on June 11 at Soccer City in Johannesburg.