Sunday, June 20, 2010

France and Bafana need to salvage lost pride

“We need to do our best and win this game for the fans and restore our pride after losing against Uruguay. Who knows, if we win miracles might just happen. We have not given up and will fight to the final whistle.”

SHOOT: There was never much hope, only a fool's hope, someone once said.

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France, the ninth best team in the world according to Fifa, slumped to a stunning 2-0 defeat by Mexico. Both Uruguay and Mexico are the favourites to advance with four points and need only a point from their final group match on Tuesday to progress to the second round, no matter what the result in Bloemfontein is.

Modise had a poor game against Diego Forlan’s Uruguay who never looked in danger of losing to the over awed Bafana.

When asked if he needed to improve against France, the Orlando Pirates star said: “As an individual I do not go out and think of playing badly. We had an off night against Uruguay.

"We still have plenty of self belief and confidence that we can finish the group stage with a win.”

France are in disarray and the French media have savaged the team and coach Raymond Domenech for the 1998 world champions' poor performances in South Africa.

Bafana's Israel based left back, Tsepo Masilela, admitted qualification to the second round was out of Bafana’s hands.

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