Despite South Africa’s loss to Brazil in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup, newspapers on Friday praised Bafana Bafana’s efforts in the World Cup dress rehearsal.
”So Close Bafana: Santana’s heroes robbed of their cup final dream,” the Sowetan headline read. ”You did us proud boys,” it added.
The Citizen front-page headline praised the team, ”Brave Bafana out: team put up a tough fight before losing 1-0”.
”In all honesty, on individual talent alone, South Africa stood no chance against the Selecao — but yesterday showcased more courage and fight than their opponents and were unfortunate to be on losing side,” said the Citizen.
The Star‘s headline sympathised with the team, headlining: ”Heartbreak for Bafana”.
”Against all odds, Bafana went into the half-time break with their heads held high and, more importantly, having become the first team to deny Brazil a goal in the opening half in this tournament,” the Star said.
The media had heavily criticised the team over bonus demands days before the beginning of the tournament.
The team also drew criticism when they failed to score in the opening match against Iraq, but fans and the press warmed up to Bafana when they beat New Zealand 2-0 and eventually qualified for the semifinals. — AFP