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ATTENTION South Africa! Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth has a message for you.
"Don't ask me if we can, ask me when," he responded when he was asked if Bafana players have strategised beyond the first round.
That Carlos Alberto Parreira has instilled steely determination and self-belief in his side is undisputed, but the patriotism has been tinged with soberness about the monumental task awaiting the team.
"Our first hurdle is the Mexican game and if we beat them, we will gain the necessary momentum to push our way through," said Booth at a media briefing yesterday.
"But the guys are excited and confident. They are all ready to face whoever we have been drawn against."
One thing the towering Mamelodi Sundowns defender is dreading, though, is the question he had to face from the international media relating to his race, and their "misunderstanding" of the noise made by the fans in the stadium every time Booth touched the ball.
"They have hopefully realised it is a beautiful South African tradition and I certainly hope I do not have to face similar questions," he said.
And how will Bafana stop Mexico from ruining the party? "One way of doing that is to deny them any space to play," he said.
Also present at the briefing was striker Bernard Parker, who responded to a question about the Mexican rearguard.
"Their defence is great, especially captain Rafael Marquez, who plays for Barcelona. It is going to be very tough for us. We have noted their preparations leading up to the tournament and they have been good. As for us, we will focus on ourselves and keep doing what we do best - playing the ball on the ground," he said.