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Join Goal.com in saluting another World Cup player worthy of recognition...

Welcome to Goal.com's new World Cup feature: Goal.com Player of the Day. Each day a candidate will be put forward, as chosen by Goal.com International, who deserves recognition for achieving something special. It won't necessarily be the best player in the world - at least not usually - but whoever we nominate will have done something amazing. It might be for a particularly awesome performance or for something praiseworthy off the pitch - either way, the person in question deserves special attention...

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Player of the Day #1: Siphiwe Tshabalala
Club:
Kaizer Chiefs
Country:
South Africa
Age:
25
Role:
Midfielder
Achievement:
Scoring the first goal of the 2010 World Cup

Tshabalala
attacked with vigour and swung in one delightful cross towards Mphela, which the striker could have done better with to score Bafana's opener against Mexico. Then brought joy to the nation by lashing home a magnificent left-foot shot to give his side the lead after the break. Also provided other late chances as he made things difficult throughout.

The 25-year-old midfielder was his side's star player on Friday and more of this kind of performances will be needed in the upcoming games against France and Uruguay if South Africa are to survive the group stage.

Congratulations to Siphiwe, Goal.com's 1st Player of the Day

Honourable Mentions:

Abou Diaby - France

Colossal in the first half of France's match against Uruguay, doubtless leaving the axed Florent Malouda to regret his training ground spat with Raymond Domenech. Hugely powerful in possession, yet there was an edge of classiness to his game as he broke away from challenges and looked to make a telling pass. Earned his side a free kick in a dangerous position late on, but it led to nothing.

Diego Godin - Uruguay


Seemed to spend much of the first half clearing up the mistakes of others, with a couple of fine saving tackles when Uruguay looked in trouble against France. Managed a few positive raids forward and was the defender who best led by example.

Giovani Dos Santos - Mexico

Constantly caused headaches for the Bafana back four, but his shooting boots must have been left behind as Mexico were almost made to pay for their profligacy. Still, Giovani was simply outstanding against South Africa.

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