Goal.com has been here throughout the tournament, and we have seen the confidence in South Africa rise to previously unknown levels.
It seems as though the national team’s exploits in recent matches has increased their appeal and the confidence from the fans shows that they are a popular side once more.
Ahead of today’s third and fourth play off match against Spain, Goal.com spoke to fans at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg and got a few interesting predictions.
Jonathan predicted a score draw before penalties went the way of Bafana. “The two sides will draw, maybe 1-1 or 2-2 before extra time decides nothing and then penalties, with Khune saving two or three of them so that we can come third in the competition.”
Roberto, carrying a Spanish flag and donned in red and yellow face paint, is confident that La Furia Roja will make no mistakes in ending the tournament as one of the top three teams. “Even with a second string side we are a force to be reckoned with and we can beat the home side, even if this is my home too. I was born in Spain, so I support them first, but I have also supported Bafana and I wish them the best of luck for 2010, and a Spain – South Africa final next year would be a dream. Today it will end 3-1 for Spain”
Kyle is in Rustenburg on business, and he decided to come out and support Bafana while he was here. “Bernard Parker only needs two goals to finish top scorer, and it would be great if he could score them against Spain. These two sides could have been in the final, but Brazil and the USA are deserved finalists. I think Bafana will win 2-1.”
Pricilla lives in Rustenburg, and she came to the stadium with her two children to support South Africa. “It doesn’t matter if they win or lose, because we are proud of them, but I still think they can win by a goal. 1-0 is what I think, but my children think 3-0 or 4-0 for Bafana,” she said with a smile.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com
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