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ON paper they don't look like a team that can pass the semifinal phase of the Confederations Cup, but remaining teams in the tournament can ill-afford to write Bafana Bafana off.
Their lion-heartened performance against European champions Spain at Free State Stadium on Saturday night suggests that they can compete against the best teams in the Festival of Champions.
Bafana Bafana's potential was also acknowledged by the Spaniards and a horde of supporters on the night.
Joel Santana side qualified for the semifinals despite going down 0-2 to La Roja who struck through David Villa and substitute Fernando Llorente in the 51st and 72nd minutes.
Though their ability to reach the final are still questioned by Doubting Thomases, Bafana Bafana players remain confident of their chances in the semifinals on Wednesday.
Forward Bernard Parker and defenders Matthew Booth and Siboniso Gaxa said they believe that they can pass the semifinal phase.
Santana also shared the same sentiments but the Brazilian admitted that it would require enough poise from the hosts to achieve what looks like an impossible feat.
Said Parker: "We are professionals and we will fight hard for a win on Wednesday."
Booth said: "We have learnt a lot from the three matches we played in this competition and we are not more than ready for our next match. We put ourselves under pressure after failing to beat Iraq in the first match and we relied on other teams to pave the way for us to the semifinals."
Gaxa added: "The fact that we are hosting the tournament and their semifinal qualification had not put us under pressure.
"In fact, these are motivational factors. It will continue to be difficult for us in this tournament but we have a winning mentality. We are not going to play against an invincible team on Wednesday and I strongly believe we will match our opponents in all departments."
Santana said: "The result is not good for us tonight (Saturday), but it is good that we are through to the next round. Playing against a strong team like Brazil will be good for us as we prepare for 2010 World Cup. I think we can win the semifinal match. It's possible."
Saturday's night fever was attended by a strong crowd of about 38212. They made the evening a memorable one with their vuvuzelas.
Even children enjoyed the atmosphere. Some of the fans' faces were painted in the green and white colours of Bloemfontein Celtic. Female fans also came to the stadium in large numbers.
This bids well for the country for the 2010 World Cup.