Facing a French team filled with turmoil, South Africa’s team took to the field to win 2-1 in what would be their final World Cup match in 2010. Despite ending with a win, Bafana Bafana became the first host nation to be eliminated in the group stage as both Uruguay and Mexico advanced from the Group A bracket.
Bongani Khumalo and Katlego Mphela scored first-half goals and French substitute Florent Malouda scored for in the 70th minute.
Despite disappointment in being knocked out, the Bafana Bafana team felt a deep sense of pride having won over a team ranked 9th in the world and runner-up in the previous World Cup.
The turmoil inside the French locker room hasn’t been a secret to anyone and looks to be the final match for manager and coach Raymond Domenech. French striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home after refusing to apologize for a curse-filled rant during halftime of the France-Mexico match last week and a fitness coach quit after an argument with capatin Patrice Evra caught on video:
ESPN.com is reporting that the issue and shame for France grew to be so great that:
…French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot on the eve of the match could inspire Les Bleus. Bachelot called an emergency meeting Monday to tell the players they had let the country down and had one last chance to redeem themselves.
It seems to have done little to curb the issues that have plagued the French national team since they arrived in South Africa.