Fading hope

IT SEEMS that the more Bafana Bafana play, the greater the reasons for South Africans to fear what next year's World Cup holds for the hosts.

IT SEEMS that the more Bafana Bafana play, the greater the reasons for South Africans to fear what next year's World Cup holds for the hosts.

The record books will show that the South African team has broken its run of six successive losses that has seen even President Jacob Zuma call for the return of Benni McCarthy, but nobody is fooled by the work that lies ahead. We needed luck and the generosity of match officials to beat a Madagascar team ranked 131st in the world.

Indications are that even coach Joel Santana has become a tad uninterested. How else would he choose a team that he, club coaches, the players themselves and the public know stands no chance of making the final squad for 2010.

The only thing he and his team might be succeeding at, albeit unintentionally, is to make South Africans limit their expectations come next June.

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