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BAFANA Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira last night "declared war" on Mexico on the eve of their opening historic 2010 World Cup Group A showdown at Soccer City Stadium today.
"Playing in the opening match of the World Cup is special. But out there on Friday (today) against Mexico it will be a battle, no, make that a war - and we are ready for it," he told journalists in Johannesburg.
Parreira, who will be coaching at his sixth World Cup, said Bafana were ready to make the country proud. "I will start with the same 11 that beat Denmark 1-0 on Saturday."
The Bafana starting line-up is Itumeleng Khune, Siboniso Gaxa, Aaron Mokoena (captain), Bongani Khumalo, Lucas Thwala, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Teko Modise, Steven Pienaar, Siphiwe Tshabalala, and Katlego Mphela.
"I am more than satisfied with the side that started against Denmark, so there is no need to change. I am confident we can deliver the goods."
Parreira said he will give one piece of important information to his players before they leave the dressing room today: "My message to them will be to go out there and enjoy the game."
Skipper Mokoena said Parreira had given Bafana back their self-belief since he took charge of the side last November: "We are more relaxed, much fitter and hungrier.
"This is a big game for our country. We know we have to go out there and get results. But the coach has made it easy by keeping the pressure off us and keeping us relaxed."
The Portsmouth defender added that there was plenty of respect for Mexico from their camp, especially their three-pronged attack.
"They have pace and skill. They are going to be a handful, but we can cope. We are going to give it a go and make it really difficult for them. The talking is over now, it is time for us to go out there and show the country what we are made of."
The fact that only three overseas-based players, Mokoena, Pienaar of Everton and Fulham anchorman Dikgacoi are starting the match is testimony to the faith the coach places on his local-based players, who he knocked into shape in three training camps during 2010.
Parreira said he and the players were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support on Wednesday, when hundreds of thousands of fans took to the streets of Sandton in Johannesburg to cheer them on in a pre-tournament open-bus parade.
"South Africans are similar to Brazilians when it comes to soccer. The people are in love with Bafana players. It was incredible and we are grateful to the nation.
"Now it is our turn to deliver," the shrewd mentor said.
l See Pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 in our Let's Go 2010 supplement inside. - Sapa