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Ryan Ross On June - 16 - 2010

South Africa v Uruguay World Cup Review

South Africa are set to play their second game of the World Cup and after excelling in the opening match; they are looking to claim a vital win which would further ignite football fever in the country. But Uruguay have a point to prove, they were poor against the French and after being labelled as tournament “dark-horses” they need to beat the Africans. So this game could be close, but both teams will be looking to attack.

South Africa’s manager has come out fighting and defended the Vuvuzela’s and the much talked about “Jabulani” ball saying he “loves both,” because “it’s part of our culture and we are used to them,” with regards to the horns. As for the ball, Parreira said, “we have no complaints with the ball, we’ve been training with it since March.” They have certianly prepared in the correct manner showed by a good run of form before the tournament began. South Africa do have to be more attacking in this match though, as a draw is not good enough; but the only likely change for them will be Tsepo Masilela coming in at left back for Lucas Thwala.

Uruguay will be without Nicolas Lodeiro who was sent off against France which will be a massive blow. Their manager, Oscar Tabarez, will change tactics and play three forwards, with Diego Forlan operating in a deeper role behind a front pairing of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Cavani’s inclusion will be most significant as he’ll provide a physical presence to trouble the opposition’s defence, something Mexico did not do. In defence Diego Lugano will be key again, the Uruguayan captain showed against France how influential he is, especially with his constant barracking of the referee.

So it looks close for both sides as they approach the World Cup’s second round of fixtures, Bafana Bafana will be hoping the drone of the Vuvuzela’s can daunt Uruguay; but the Uruguayan’s will remember that they could have beaten France and in Diego Forlan, they possess one of the world’s greatest ever players. But my money is on the host nation to clinch the 3 points.

Ryan Ross

I became enthralled with Calcio back in the 90’s, when James Richardson presented Football Italia. My early mornings were spent following the trials and tribulations of Internazionale, during a period where they always flattered to deceive. It took a Frenchman to get me hooked though; Youri Djorkaeff, my favourite player of all time. This guy was key to Inter’s midfield, never mind his role in France’s World Cup win in 1998! I have a keen interest in Calcio’s rich history.

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