We can go all the way, says Booth

SOUTH African defender Matthew Booth believes Bafana Bafana will make history by becoming the first national squad to qualify for the second round of the Fifa World Cup.

SOUTH African defender Matthew Booth believes Bafana Bafana will make history by becoming the first national squad to qualify for the second round of the Fifa World Cup.

"This will be possible and we have players who believe in themselves and don't want to disappoint the nation," Booth said. "We are happy with our underdog tag and it will be good if our opponents treat us as such. But we are not going to be like sheep going to slaughter.

"The biggest hurdle for us is to get out of the group stages, considering that we were eliminated in the first round at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup finals.

"But we will make history by becoming the first Bafana Bafana team to qualify for the second round. Once we are there, the sky will be the limit. We have a very good chance of going all the way.

"The atmosphere throughout the country is fantastic. In 1996, the then Bafana Bafana squad went into the Africa Cup of Nations without anybody giving them a chance. It is now history that they won," said the towering Sundowns defender.

Booth and his Bafana teammates visited the offices of their sponsors, Absa, in Auckland Park yesterday.

Led by coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, stand-in captain Teko Modise and company also got the opportunity to mingle with staff members, sign autographs and pose for pictures. Absa top brass Happy Ntshingila and Stewart Masela were also on hand to welcome Parreira and the players.

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