Bafana in for a bruising semifinal

Thursday, June 25, 2009
By: 
Chris Bathembu

Pretoria - Bafana Bafana will be searching for a miracle when they take on five-time world champions Brazil in the second semifinal of the FIFA Confederations Cup at Ellis Park stadium tonight.

The Brazilians are no doubt the stronger side and Joel Santana's boys will need to pull out all the stops to beat the team from South America.

However, in football, anything is possible - and the game between USA and Spain certainly proved this as the low ranked Americans beat the FIFA number one Spanish team 2-nil in a bruising first semifinal match of the tournament on Wednesday night.

But if Bafana Bafana rely on the same fortune when they face Brazil, then Santana is in for a big surprise.

The Samba Boys are definitely still the team to beat at this year's Confederations Cup. While Coach Dunga has expressed his respect for Bafana, Brazil has no doubt assembled the most balanced team and they remain the only unbeaten team in the tournament.

South Africa is expected to put up a fight with the likes of striker Bernard Parker, who helped South Africa gain a spot in the semis thanks to his brilliant brace against New Zealand.

However, one disadvantage for Bafana is the inability by Coach Santana to make timely and well calculated changes to his side.

It is this underutilisation of players that drowned Bafana Bafana in their match against Italy, and if the national team coach can learn that if it doesn't work, you change it, then the team will be heading in the right direction.

But also if Aaron Mokoana and the boys can display the same performance and fighting spirit they showed against New Zealand, they can definitely give the Brazilians a run for their money.

Indeed anything is possible in football.

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