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article imageWorld Cup: Will South Africa's ‘Bafana Bafana’ beat Mexico?

By Igor I. Solar     Jun 11, 2010 in Sports
Johannesburg - The 2010 World Cup starts today with the match between host country South Africa and Mexico. The Mexican national team shows more experience and credentials to upset the host country. Will they be able to do it?
Here are some basic facts:
Mexico has qualified for 14 World Cups (WC). They have played 45 WC games and won 11, tied 12 and lost 22. Their goal ratio Scored/against (S/A) is 0.57. Only twice (1970 and 1986) they have gone to the Quarter Final round, both times while playing as World Cup host country. In 1970, they lost to Italy 1-4, and in 1986 lost to Germany for the same score on penalty shots. Cuauhtémoc Blanco, age 37, is currently considered Mexico’s top player. He plays for Veracruz. Coach: Javier Aguirre, of Mexico City. The Mexican National team ranks 17 in the FIFA World ranking.
This is the third World Cup for South Africa (SA). Until 1962 they did not enter the competition and from 1966 to 1990 were not allowed to enter because of the Apartheid policy. In 1998 and 2002 SA did not pass the first round. In 2006 they did not qualify, and for 2010 they did not have to compete to qualify. Their record so far in 6 WC games played is 1 win, 3 ties and 2 games lost. Their goal ratio is 0.73. Their top player is considered Aaron Mokoena, age 30, team captain, currently playing for England’s Portsmouth Football Club. Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira (Brazil). The South African National Team is in 83rd place in the FIFA ranking.
Will the Boys be able to overcome the FIFA World Cup experience of the tricolors? That would be an amazing result for the home team and a great stimulus to the hopes of South Africans in this World Cup.
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