Amakhosi staff predict World Cup winners
Amakhosi staff predict World Cup winners

Posted in News on Jun 05, 2002.

This year’s Fifa World Cup in Korea and Japan has been going on for exactly a week and already Saudi Arabia has been knocked out by the virtue of losing their first two matches in the group stages.

However, that’s not all. While Africa’s team of the moment Senegal are looking more likely to proceed to the second round of the competition having collected four points from two games, France, on the other hand, could also see themselves making an early exist should their lose their final group match against Denmark next week after playing a goalless draw against Uruguay on Tuesday.

Yet again, that’s not all. South Africa, who are in Group B with the likes of Spain, Slovenia and Paraguay, have one point so far, collected from the 2-all draw against Paraguay.

And chances are, Bafana Bafana will see themselves playing in the second round should they better their performance against the South Americans when they meet Slovenia this weekend and Spain in their final group match.

With all this excitement going on in Asian, spoke to some of the staff members the club’s headquarters in Naturena to find out just who they feel will win this year’s football’s greatest prize.

Amongst those we spoke to were Amakhosi legend and current assistant coach, Doctor Khumalo whose got his money, literary speaking, on Brazil winning their fifth championship since the competition started in the 1930, despite their dismal performance in the qualifying stages.

“They are really a good side,” said Khumalo. “And I see them bouncing back from their disappointing display in the qualifying stages to win this competition.

"They have so many talented players and a lot of options on the field, plus they are all about attacking football,” added the former Bafana player who was part of the ’98 World Cup squad.

Brazil, who finished second to France in the ’98 finals, came back from a goal down to register a not so impressive 2-1 victory against Turkey in their opening match of the tournament to some criticism, especially after Rivaldo theatrics saw a Turkish player being sent off.

Italy, who contrary to their South American counterparts, completely outclassed Ecuador with a 2-0 victory in their opening match are the choice of Amakhosi brand managers Emy Casaletti-Page as well as Vivian Casaletti.

“Italy has the best defence of all the teams in the competition,” said Vivian.

“Not only that, the team is also looking good as far their style of play, outfit and their general behaviour on and off the field, not to mention talented.”

Emsa, as she is known amongst the Chiefs’staff, continued: “I feel that Christian Vieri and Alessandro De Piero are going to make things happen for Italy in this competition.

"Francesco Totti is also a good player and everyone’s favourite but I strongly feel Vieri and Del Piero are going to make a huge difference this time around. Plus they have Paolo Maldini, who is a highly experienced defender and a very much influential captain.”

Meanwhile, Bobby Motaung, the team’s manager, is also tipping the Samba Boys to clinch this year’s championship.

“The only problem with Brazil at the moment is that they seem to have a problem scoring goals, despite having the deadliest striking combination of Ronaldo and Rivaldo as well as Ronaldinho at the disposal.

“They are every coach’s dream team with very talented players in every department but they need to get their act right and start scoring goals. But I really see them in the winner’s podium at the end of the competition.”

With all that said and done, Amakhosi fans are welcome to send their predictions and reasons to the webmaster and the best predictions will be posted on site.

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