South Africa as the host country automatically qualified to the FIFA World Cup 2010. Read on to know more on the South African team for the FIFA World Cup 2010.

South Africa Team for 2010 World Cup

South Africa have never really been a prominent team in the history of world football, but that’s all about to change with the commencement of the FIFA World Cup 2010. The South African National Football Team by virtue of the country’s role as hosts have been given a shot at stardom. However, this does not mean that the team does not deserve to compete in the world’s most anticipated sporting event. Their dauntless performances at the FIFA Confederations Cup last June have not gone unnoticed. The team almost managed to send Brazil packing in the semi-finals and posed as a sizeable threat to Spain’s win in the third place play-off. This goes to show that the South African team has its fair share of talent and when given the opportunity can explode in the face of the opposition. The fans of the team are peaking at the heights of optimism and believe that their team possesses what it takes to put up a gallant fight for the Cup. The other participating teams are not willing to take the South Africans too lightly and are very well aware of their on-field capabilities.

South Africa’s biggest claim to fame is their maiden win at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 1996. They defeated Tunisia at Soccer City in Johannesburg to lift the Cup. This feat was pulled off four years after their readmission to international football. More than a decade from then, the South Africans will resurface at the same venue and will attempt to achieve what is seemingly impossible.

"We are all aware that it is a huge honour to play in a World Cup on home soil; not many players have had such a privilege. We are also aware of the task that lies ahead. For us, the World Cup is our priority, it's our biggest goal. We need to represent our country with pride," said Aaron Mokoena, South Africa’s Captain. The torch has been handed over to the present South African National Football Team’, can they capitalize or will they capsize into an ocean of defeat? That remains to be seen.
South African Team for FIFA World Cup 2010
The Pre-World Cup list of players for South Africa is given below.
Rowen Fernandez
Shu Aib Walters
Itumeleng Khune
Moeneeb Josephs
Aaron Mokoena
 Defensive midfielder, Centre midfielder, Centre back (Captain)
Bryce Moon
 Right winger, Right back
Tsepo Masilela
 Left back / Left wingback
Bevan Fransman
 Central defender/Defensive midfielder
Anele Ngcongca
 Defender, Midfielder
Matthew Booth
 Centre back
Siboniso Gaxa
Right back, Right wingback
Innocent Mdledle
 Left back
Bongani Khumalo
 Central defender
Siyabonga Sangweni
 Central defender, Right back
Lucas Thwala
 Winger, Attacking midfielder
Steven Pienaar
MacBeth Sibaya
 Left winger, Right winger
Franklin Cale
 Left winger, Right winger
Surprise Moriri
 Attacking midfielder, Second striker
Kagisho Dikgacoi
 Defensive midfielder, Central midfielder
Lance Davids
 Defensive midfielder, Right back
Teko Modise
Andile Jali
 Defensive midfielder, Central midfielder
Thanduyise Khuboni
 Defensive midfielder
Reneilwe Letsholonyane
 Central midfielder
Benni McCarthy
Bernard Parker
 Forward, Midfielder
Katlego Mphela
Siyabonga Nomvethe
 Striker, Attacking midfielder, Winger

Date - Time Venue
11-June 16:00 Johannesburg - JSC South Africa South Africa vs Mexico Mexico Draw 1-1
16-June 20:30 Tshwane/Pretoria South Africa South Africa vs Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay won by 3-0
22-June 16:00 Mangaung / Bloemfontein South Africa South Africa vs France France South Africa won by 2-1

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