Soccer World Cup 2010


South Africa : Soccer World Cup 2010


"Bafana Bafana", meaning "The Boys".

Automatically Qualify for 2010

As the host nation, South Africa is assured of a place in the 2010 Soccer World Cup Final. But Bafana Bafana is anxious to get their preparations for 2010 under way as soon as possible after they failed to qualify for the World Cup finals in Germany , and did not win a single point at the recent African Nations Cup.

Coach for the 2010 Soccer World Cup

On the 29th July 2006, it was announced that Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira had signed a 4-year contract to coach South Africa through Soccer World Cup 2010. Parreira took over from Pitso Mosimane, who was announced as temporary coach in April 2006. Prior to Parreira being appointed coach there was much speculation as to who would take over this job.

75% smoke marijuana

South Africa's parliament heard in August 2006 that about 75% of professional soccer players in South Africa smoke marijuana. Dude, like, where's the ball, Dude?

Soccer World Cup history



Eliminated in first round.


Eliminated in first round.

In 1992, 2 years before apartheid was abolished, the South African Football Association was welcomed back into Fifa.

Other matches

October 2006

South Africa vs Zambia

2 Sept 2006

South Africa vs Congo in Johannesburg (Qualifying match for 2008 African Nations Cup finals)

16 Aug 2006

South Africa vs Namibia in Windhoek (Friendly)

22 July 2006

Kaiser Chiefs (South Africa's leading club) defeated touring Manchester United in a penalty shoot-out in Pretoria.

Broadcast rights in South Africa

The SABC has won the rights to broadcast the Soccer World Cup 2010 (& 2014), includeing free-to-air and pay-TV rights for all FIFA events during both periods. TV Supersport indicated in July 2006 that they would negotiate a sub-licensing agreement with the SABC in the near future.

South African soccer-team related quotes
Luke Alfred
Dec 2006

"Benni McCarthy is too self-evidently wayward to be unconditionally loved; Quinton Fortune is too happily anonymous; Aaron Mokoena too monotone, too decent. Let's face it, we have no more football heroes." 2010 World Cup correspondent, Luke Alfred

Carlos Parreira
Oct 2006

"It's the saddest story ever told. They have no youth development programme whatsoever. There's no Under-18, Under-20 or Under-16 league, which is unbelievable."

Carlos Parreira
5 Sep 2006

"Thirteen coaches in 13 years is not a good record. The moment I am not happy or not feeling comfortable, then it is ‘bye bye.' The security of the coach is results, a coach relies on results. The results of this team will be in 2010.” Parreira said at his first press conference in Johannesburg.

Jonty Marks
31 Aug 2006

"Carlos Alberto Parreira is being paid over three times more to coach Bafana Bafana than he earned at the helm of Brazil's 2006 Fifa World Cup side. Parreira may well be currently the best paid national coach in the world after the departure of the monstrously overpaid Sven-Goran Eriksson from the England job after the World Cup. Parreira, who is expected to arrive in South Africa any day now, was earning R6,75-million a year when he took Brazil to the quarterfinals in Germany. His reward for what is in Brazilian terms a failure, is a hike in salary to a mammoth R21,6-million a year to take charge of Bafana Bafana through World Cup 2010. And if you think that is ridiculous, even Parreira's assistant coach, at around R7-million a year, will be earning more than Parreira earned in Brazil! "

Desiree Ellis
August 2006

" We have people in South Africa that could coach and we could utilise that money somewhere else. Everyone is saying we need a foreign coach, but I don't know. Why don't we let Gordon Igesund and Jomo Sono coach the team together. Everyone respects Jomo. Gordon has won the league with three different teams. Parreira will be out the country more than he is in it. He won the 1994 World Cup with a team he inherited. It's an obscene amount of money. I'm placing a bet that he won't last the four years." Desiree Ellis - Former Banyana captain

Owen da Gama
August 2006

"I think it is way too much money, I think their understanding of Europe is out of context by bringing those salaries here where you have a much lower standard of living. In Europe you pay R150 for a pizza, here you pay R28. I don't think it is good for our soccer, it is undermining the people of South Africa. I think the money could be utilised much better in developing local coaches like Pitso Mosimane, Gordon Igesund or Khabo Zondo. Not one cent is being spent on developing local coaches." Owen da Gama - Silver Stars

Roger de Sa
August 2006

"I was driving in a squatter camp near Cape Town Airport and could not believe what I was hearing about Parreira's salary as I looked at the squalor all around me...I was on the way to a Red Cross centre with a R10 000 donation to help ease the tragic existence of the people in the settlement. The money had been collected in a fun run organized by sports personalities who included the likes of (rugby's) Schalk Burger. When I fully digested the information that a soccer coach would be earning something like R100m in less than four years in our country, my stomach turned over and the R10 000 in my pocket seemed like a sick joke." former player Roger de Sa told the South African Press Association.

Roger da Sa
August 2006

" Let's also be frank, without the right structures, Parreira will not produce any miracles for Bafana at the World Cup. Give Fernando Alonso or Michael Schumacher an old jalopy to drive and they wouldn't make any difference either."


South African Soccer links

Confederation of African Football (CAF)

Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA)

South African Football Association (SAFA)



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Parreira looks at the basics

10 Sept 2006

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31 August 2006

Parreira's salary to treble

30 August 2006

Parreira's salary 'obscene'

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29 July 2006

Parreira to coach World Cup hosts South Africa

22 July 2006

Chiefs accuracy trounces United

21 July 2006

Fifa: SA ahead of schedule for 2010

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