A harbinger of good things to come

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WE want to congratulate South Africa for hosting a near flawless Confederations Cup tournament over the past fortnight.

Our neighbours have done us proud as a continent.

For the past two weeks we watched in awe as South Africa put prophets of doom to shame.

There were fears ahead of the competition that the tournament was going to turn into an organisational nightmare for the hosts.

But in his post-tournament assessment last weekend FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, gave the hosts a pass mark of 7.5 out of 10                                          

We want to salute the organisers for a job well done.

On the playing field, the South African national team, Bafana Bafana, did not disappoint.

They put up a commendable show to reach the semi-finals, losing narrowly to Brazil.

In the battle for third place they lost 3-2 to reigning European champions Spain.

They were by no means disgraced.

Credit must go to South Africa coach Joel Santana for turning the side, once regarded as perennial whipping boys on the international football scene, into a formidable unit.

We are sure that South Africa will not disappoint the continent when they host the World Cup tournament next year.

Santana must not rest on his laurels. He must start consolidating.

The performance of the South African national team should certainly augur well for next year’s World Cup tournament.

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