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Argentina  2

Austria  2

Belgium  2

Brazil  2

Bulgaria

Cameroon

Chile  2

Colombia

Croatia  2

Denmark  2

England  2

France  2

Germany  2

Iran

Italy  2

Jamaica

Japan

México

Morocco  2

Netherlands  2

Nigeria

Norway  2

Paraguay

Romania

Saudi Arabia

Scotland

South Africa 2

South Korea

Spain  2

Tunisia

United States

Yugoslavia

 South African Football Association 

Coach: Jean-Philippe TROUSSIER

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vs. FRANCE

12.06.98 Marseille

vs. DENMARK

18.06.98 Toulouse

vs. SAUDI ARABIA

24.06.98 Bordeaux

Team Colors: White with Green/Yellow/Black trims, Green pants

Confederation: CAF

First participation in World Cup finals

Winners of African Nations Cup in 1996

Winners of Four Nations Cup in 1995 and 1996

Key players: M Benedict McCarthy (Ajax, Netherlands),

D Sizwe Motaung (Tenerife, Spain),

M Doctor Khumalo (Columbus, Ohio, Crew, Major League Soccer).

South Africa vs. France

Keep an Eye on: Mark Fish: One-time hellraiser, talented central defender now playing in England.

Phil Masinga: Goalscoring hero of the qualifying campaign with 4 goals, enjoying success in Italy after disappointing spell at England's Leeds United.

Lucas Radebe: South Africa's captain.

Analysis: Doctor Khumalo has been ineffective in two years of MLS. Another starter is Shaun Bartlett, who has had only modest MLS success. Phil Masinga has been scoring goals in England.

South Africa's biggest problem could be age, with Barker considering whether to stick with thirtysomethings such as Neil Tovey, his defensive linchpin, and Khumalo and John Moshoeu, in midfield.

History: Reinstated into the international scene in 1992, South Africa played their first international match, a friendly, against Cameroon on July 7 1992 at Durban, winning 1-0. Their World Cup debut was difficult. For their first World Cup qualifying attempt in 1994, South Africa failed miserably. Despite beating Congo twice, 1-0, they were crushed 4-0 by Nigeria in Lagos and could only manage a 0-0 draw in the return match in Johannesburg. Qualifying for the 1998 World Cup finals is a first in the short history of the Bafana Bafana. At their first attempt, South Africa won the African Nations Cup, which they hosted in 1996.

Thanks to this success in the Nations Cup, several South African players found themselves being signed by foreign clubs, notably Mark Fisher who signed with Lazio of Rome for a South African record of 10 million francs, before later moving to Bolton in England. Also joining him in England were national team captain Lucas Radebe (Leeds Utd) and Eric Tinkler (Barnsley).

When Clive Barker took charge of the South Africa team, there was only one foreign-based player in his squad.Three years on, more than a dozen are sprinkled across Europe, from Phil Masinga, at Bari, to Mark Fish, at Bolton Wanderers. That experience should ensure that South Africa are no soft touch in their first World Cup finals, although they are unlikely to provide the continent's strongest challenge. Only re-admitted to Fifa in July 1992, since when they have played more than 50 matches, they are still relative novices in the international game and even Fish admits that Nigeria are more likely to provide a threat to the established powers.

Certainly they are unlikely to progress to the last 16 ahead of either France or Denmark. "People say it will be in the next century before an African team is in the World Cup final," Fish, the Bolton Wanderers defender, said. "If I was a betting man, I would back Nigeria to get there in France. I mean that sincerely. People underestimate how much African football has progressed. There are players all over Europe, playing in the highest leagues - the Premiership, Serie A and the Bundesliga."

The bruising 2-1 defeat by England at Old Trafford in the summer provided proof of the robust approach of the team - known as Bafana Bafana (Zulu for "the boys"). More to the point, the mixed-race team has done much to break down old racial barriers and unite the country.

Trivia for the Pub: Bafana Bafana is the nickname for the team. In Zulu it means "The Boys".

POSITION NAME AGE CAPS

G Andre Arendse 30 27

G Mark Anderson 35 7  

G Brian Baloyi 23 1

D Mark Fish 23 27

D Pierre Issa 22 1

D Willem Jackson 26 1

D Sizwe Motaung 27 45

D David Nyathi 29 27

D Lucas Radebe 28 33

D Neil Tovey 35 49

M Doctor Khumalo 30 41

M Clinton Larsen 26 2

M Helman Mkhalele 28 26

M Jabu Mnguni 31 1

M John Moeti 30 14

M John Moshoeu 32 35

M Dumisa Ngobe 24 3

M Eric Tinkler 27 28

M Alex Bapela 27 0  

M Brian Sebapole 22 0

F Brendan Augustine 26 17

F Shaun Bartlett 24 24

F Phil Masinga 28 33

F Benedict McCarthy 20 3

F Pollen Ndlanya 26 3  

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  • Asian, The - weekly Asian newspaper.
  • Daily Dispatch
  • Die Burger - regional Afrikaans newspaper translated daily to English.
  • Financial Mail - South Africa's leading business and financial journal now live on the Internet with searchable features.

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