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IF YOU were Matthew Booth the derision heaped on your national team, Bafana Bafana, in the run-up to the World Cup would be enough to keep you awake at night.
Put on the spot by Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke at Friday's World Cup draw in Cape Town, Booth's response struck a chord in an audience that was still reeling from the host nation's formidable Group A opponents.
"I really did not expect him to ask me anything and had to think on my feet. People have been talking about it, so I guess the answer was okay. But I meant it - the 12th man in our first match will be crucial. It's going to be a hell of a first match," said the big Sundowns defender.
"Many have already written us off, a certain section of the press too. But it suits us just fine because we can concentrate on the job at hand," he said.
Banyana Banyana's Simphiwe Dludlu, who was among the assistants at the draw, credited the defender with talking her through the nerve-wracking event.
"It's hard to say how it made me feel. Makhaya Ntini and Booth made me feel very comfortable. But many were just shocked to see me, a footballer, in a dress and heels," Dludlu said.
In turn, Booth said: "Obviously, Simphiwe and I have a lot in common. We had a good long chat. To see how down-to-earth guys like John Smit and Makhaya Ntini were was a pleasant surprise."
Booth said David Beckham was in a sombre mood after the death of his grandfather last week.