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Hosts of the 2010 World Cup, South Africa was banned from international football by FIFA from 1966 to 1990. After the ban was lifted, their first ever World Cup appearance came in 1998 where they made their exit after they failed to progress to the next round. Their result in their next two appearances wasn’t much different either, they failed to go beyond the first round in 2002 and 2010.

Their biggest international success came when they took the trophy home in the 1996 African Cup of Nations. They were runners up in 1998 and third position holders in 2000. Also, they secured fourth place in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

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    As the World Cup countdown ticks down to just four days, the media have typically focused on nations in the upper echelons of world football. Those without greater knowledge may assume that the tournament will be played out with just 8, or …


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  2. Who will be the top African nation?

    It is only in recent times that African nations have risen to prominence on football’s World stage, most notably thorough their performances at the World Cup. Apart from Egypt’s participation in the 1934 tournament, it was not until 1970 when …


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  3. South Africa 2010 World Cup Squad

    South Africa Coach:  Carlos Alberto Parreira No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Itumeleng Khune 20 June 1987 (aged 22) 25 Kaizer Chiefs GK Moeneeb Josephs 19 May 1980 (aged 30) 16 Orlando Pirates GK Shu-Aib Walters 26 December 1981 …


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