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SA SOCCER NEWS
Anticipation building for Bafana-Aussie clash 05/03/04
It's the clash that London has been waiting for, South Africa against Australia. We have played England in London and Durban. We've played Australia in Australia but never in SA or in London.

For both South Africans and Australians living in London and passionate about the beautiful game, this is a long awaited clash that should provide a thrilling spectacle both off and on the pitch.

This type of game presents an opportunity and a challenge to UK based South Africans supporters to get behind their national team in their great numbers.

Imagine, (to borrow a phrase from John Lennon) all the people (Londoners and Aussies in London) converging on Loftus Road in huge numbers and creating an electrified , frenzied atmosphere .

It would've been great if this game was penned in for the summer but with great support behind the team, South Africans can turn the heat on Australia.

South Africa will tackle the Aussies for the first time in eight years.

The two countries have played against each other 17 times at senior international level and the last match was on September 18 1996 in Johannesburg, with Bafana Bafana winning 2-0.

The Ausssie's best players are not all stuck in the Outback' but have cracked some of the top flight leagues in the world.

This season's English Premiership has seen the likes of the upcoming Harry Kewell (Liverpool), Mark Viduka (Leeds United), Mark Schwarzer and Luke Wilkshire (Middlesbrough), Lucas Neill and Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers), Danny Tiatto (Manchester City), Stan Lazaridis (Birmingham City) and Hayden Foxe (Portsmouth).

This game provides SA football with an excellent opportunity to rise from the ashes of Tunisia 2004 and reinstate the likes of Mark Fish, Shaun Bartlett, George Koumantarakis and Quinton Fortune (all England based players) back into Bafana's fold.

Maybe the new manager will even give young Justin Miller (of Leyton Orient) his first cap...There's a number of European based young players that deserve to be given a run in this game, more so that we are now starting on a new clean slate after the disaster of Tunisia.

Besides in-form Miller, Shibobo thinks the new manager should have a closer look at players such as Josta Dladla, Glynn Hurst , Burton O' Brien etc.

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Keep checking Shibobo www.southafricatimes.co.uk/shibobo.html and www.sasoccer365.com  for tickets to be won.

 

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