Bafana Bafana


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Bafana Bafana

(baˈfɑːna)
pl n
(Soccer) South African the official name for the South African national soccer team
[C20: from Nguni bafana the boys]
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The former Blackburn Rovers midfield man was born in South Africa and is in the process of claiming dual nationality with FIFA, which would enable him to be capped by the Bafana Bafana.
The Bafana Bafana are unbeaten after Siyabonga Nomvethe's fluke goal and need just a point against Spain on Wednesday to qualify from Group B.
Bafana Bafana will be desperate to make a winning start in front of their own supporters, but even if they do oblige at odds-on, it may not be a spectacular encounter.
Molefi Oliphant, president of the South African Football Association, confirmed that South Africa would begin deliberations today on who will lead the Bafana Bafana.
The 30-year-old Blackburn forward, who has had a tempestuous relationship with the South African Football Association in recent years, believes the current state of Bafana Bafana is a "massive shame", claiming that players are selected depending on the status of their club rather than on merit.
Bafana Bafana had the better chances, but Angola defended resolutely, as they had in the 2006 World Cup, when holding Mexico 0-0 and restricting Portugal to a single goal.
The Bafana Bafana recorded an impressive 2-0 victory over Canada in November and showed excellent approach play in their 1-1 draw with Angola in this tournament.
Bafana Bafana need a point from the clash in Daejeon to join the Spaniards in the second stage.
SOUTH AFRICA are on a threematch winning streak, but nobody should be fooled into thinking Bafana Bafana are getting back to their best.
The popular beach resort is hardly buzzing a month before the start of the holiday season in July, leaving the Bafana Bafana players feeling cut off from the excitement surrounding the tournament elsewhere.
Guinea dominated Sunday's clash against Bafana Bafana and created several chances before substitute Sambegou Bangoura broke the deadlock with just 12 minutes to go.
European champions Spain, whose 35-match unbeaten run came to a shock end against the United States in the semi-finals, were lethargic for much of the encounter and appeared to be heading for another defeat when Katlego Mphela put Bafana Bafana ahead after 73 minutes.