South Africa vs New Zealand

In FIFA Confederation Cup, Football on June 15, 2009 at 11:22

By Joe,

Steven Pienaar South Africa Team

Fourth game in Group A sees host nation South Africa takes on New Zealand at the city of Rustenburg. The stadium, Royal Bafokeng, is located north of South Africa. New Zealand has already played Brazil in their opening match that the Kiwis are well familiar with the stadium by now. Royal Bafokeng had a poor turnout for the game between Spain vs. New Zealand, hopefully the stadium will be filled with more Bafana Bafana fans cheering their national team on their first victory in the Fifa Confederation Cup.

South Africa started well in the Fifa Confederation Cup, they did everything apart from not scoring to get that ultimate start to this tournament. They drew 0-0 with Iraq at the opening game at Johannesburg which was disappointing for the home crowd. South Africa had shots on target, had most of the possession and chances throughout the game. There were many good short passing and quick movement from the Bafana Bafana, but it was the finishing that let them down. South Africa might reshuffle the team a bit. Hopefully Steven Pienaar will be given a chance to start against New Zealand as he showed that he can add momentum when he came on as a substitute. Attacker Katlego Mashego will hopefully get another chance to prove himself in front of goal after the one on one miss against the Iraqi goalie.

New Zealand needs to do more than the rest of the national teams who entered the Fifa Confederation Cup. Their first game in the Fifa Confederation Cup was a nightmare defeat. They were already down 3-0 to a Fernando Torres’ hat trick just after 15 minutes in the first half. New Zealand really missed their captain Ryan Nelsen in the defense as they were totally outplayed from the first minute to the last. New Zealand did not see much of the ball and before the game started, the game had already ended. Coach Ricki Herbet will have to come up with a new strategy as they face the host nation where he needs to avoid another humiliation.

New Zealand has never won a match at the Fifa Confederation Cup and when they lose to a near tennis score. Their performance against Spain was poor and certainly not meeting the standards. Their defense needs to be tighten up or else another humiliation is forth coming. South Africa will be pressured to win here as they need to secure that second spot in the group. The Bafana Bafana will be powering up their offensive and mybet is offering 1.35 for South Africa win.

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