THE Local Organising Committee (LOC) has urged South Africans not only to rally behind Bafana Bafana, but also embrace the other five African teams during the 2010 World Cup.
"When we were bidding, we made it clear it will be an African World Cup in 2010," said LOC chairperson Irvin Khoza .
The six African teams in this event are South Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria and Algeria. In the past, Africa was represented by five countries.
Khoza is hopeful that an African team will go beyond the quarterfinals to improve on the milestone achievement of Cameroon's Indomitable Lions.
"We are saying South Africa must rally behind Bafana Bafana, but we should also root for the other five African teams in the tournament. We must make them feel at home away from home.
"This is Africa's turn and we have to support each other.
"Africa has an abundance of talent, that is why the majority of top players in Europe are from our continent, they are also leading the top goal-scorers' charts."
Khoza was referring to the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) and Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon).
Drogba, Eto'o, Michael Essien (Ghana), Obafemi Martins (Nigeria) and Anthar Yahia (Algeria) will lead their countries during the World Cup.
"Bafana Bafana could surprise teams at the finals like South Korea (2002 World Cup joint hosts) did by getting to the semifinals," Khoza said.
"Nothing is impossible. When the chips were down, we produced the goods by reaching the semifinals of the Confederations Cup in June.
"Prior to the 1998 World Cup, France were not doing well but they went on to win the tournament.
"The same happened to Germany, but they went on to win a bronze medal in 2006."