'The boys will reach knockout stages'

SOCCER icon Mecro Lucas "Masterpieces" Moripe says Bafana Bafana will reach their first knockout stages of the World Cup on home soil.

SOCCER icon Mecro Lucas "Masterpieces" Moripe says Bafana Bafana will reach their first knockout stages of the World Cup on home soil.

"It is so wonderful to see that Bafana Bafana have peaked at the right time ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup," Moripe said yesterday.

Also known as "Modimo wa Bolo", Moripe is now a member of the South African Soccer Legends who are busy with development programmes.

Three weeks ago the City of Tshwane named the Super Stadium in Atteridgeville after Moripe, the former Pretoria Bantu Callies and Orlando Pirates player.

"The team is gelling, there is light at the end of the tunnel and one is brimming with confidence that captain Aaron Mokoena and the rest of the players will make us proud," Moripe said.

"For me the most important thing is that Bafana Bafana are able to keep possession for a longer time and have also regained the appetite for goals.

"The game against Mexico at Soccer City on Friday will be the most important one for us as a country. We have to win it at any prices."

"We have a good chance of going all the way in the tournament," Moripe said.

He said France went all the way to win the tournament and the same applied to other host countries in South Korea and Germany.

"South Korea surprised all and sundry by reaching the semifinals on home soil in 2002 and Germany won a bronze medal in 2006 at home.

"With the entire nation behind Bafana Bafana, there is no way we will not do well in this World Cup," Moripe said.

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