Coulda...Shoulda....Woulda Bafana Bafana!
Nearly jubilation in the streets of Johannesburg with the very first match of the 2010 World Cup as the host South Africans relied on timely goalkeeping from Khune in the first half as nerves seemed to have them restrained through most of the first half, Mexico frustrated to be in a scoreless draw at half time. A much more relaxed South African side struck first in the second half with an electric goal from Siphiwe Tshabalala in the 55th minute and appeared ready to ride the goal advantage to an unexpected three points, until the back line fell asleep in the 79th minute allowing Rafael Marquez to be one on one with Khune in the box for the equalizer. A final chance for Bafana Bafana came in the 89th minute when Katelgo Mphela found him self streaking up the left flank with a defender and the keeper to beat and struck the outside of the post.
Not much was expected from the host nation, but as has always been the case with an entire nation's support, South Africa kept the streak of home nations not losing their first match in tact with the 1-1 draw. Host countries now 14-0-6 in opening matches.
The news not all celebratory, as it was expected that Nelson Mandela would be in attendance for the opening match, but tragedy struck the family as Mandela's 13 year old great-granddaughter was killed in a one car accident late Thursday night returning from a concert in Soweto.
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