'Bafana will do well at World Cup'

BAFANA Bafana captain Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena is adamant his troops will not be a laughing stock during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which gets under way on June 11.

BAFANA Bafana captain Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena is adamant his troops will not be a laughing stock during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which gets under way on June 11.

The South African senior national team are in Group A with Mexico, 1930 World Cup winners Uruguay and 1998 champions France.

Mokoena argues that the training camps in Durban, Brazil and Germany in the next three months will be good enough for the national squad to prepare adequately and do well in the World Cup.

Bafana have organised an intensive two-week training camp for South African-based players in Durban, starting on January 18.

Subsequent to that, impressive Bafana players will be joined by the overseas-based players in Brazil and Germany for similar camps.

"If you remember in the build-up to the Confederations Cup, we had a month-long training camp in Johannesburg," said Mokoena.

"Prior to the tournament, many people did not give us a chance but after the training camp, we were a different team and reached the semifinals.

"For the World Cup, we have more time to get ourselves in great shape. I have no shred of doubt we will be a well-oiled machine before the start of the World Cup.

"We are under pressure because the World Cup is played in our own country. We are well aware the expectations are high, we'll deliver but it won't be easy," Mokoena said.

Local Organising Committee chairperson Irvin Khoza said Bafana must be backed by all South Africans to do well during the World Cup.

Khoza said South Africans must buy match tickets for games featuring Bafana and all the other five African teams in the tournament.

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