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Vuvuzelas on Capel Street mourn Cup host's defeat

BAFANA BAFANA'S World Cup dream is dead, less than one week into the competition... and don't Dublin's South Africans know it.

A shattering 3-0 defeat at the hands of rampant Uruguay has left the South Africans with little hope of progressing to the next round.

While fed-up fans were shown streaming out of the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, before the game had finished, fans in Dublin stayed on -- but watched the screens in silent disbelief.

Patrick Maphoso said: "The thing is finishing, our boys can't finish the game and I mean the strikers. They don't hit the ball into the net."

Anna Lawlor was disgusted at her team's performance since they showed none of the style which was seen in their first World Cup match.

"After seeing South Africa play Mexico I was so impressed, but with what I'm seeing today I don't know what to think.

"I can't understand. They may be the same team but they're not doing the same thing that they did the last time."

The devoted fans had little to smile about in the Irish sunshine but they proudly sounded their vuvuzelas in the African-owned Melody Bar on Capel Street, where South African food and beers were provided.

Mr Maphoso expressed real disappointment after keeper Itumeleng Khune was sent off in the World Cup Group A match.

"I don't think it was fair, he didn't touch him [Luis Suarez]."

Fundiswa Siswana added: "I'm disappointed about the red card. They're just so selfish. It was not his fault. He's the one who kicked the goalkeeper."

Clad in their yellow and green jerseys they sipped the South African cider Savanna and did their best to egg on their heroes like Pienaar and Tshabalala.

Happiness Malinga said: "I'm disappointed. They're good but they're not good enough."

Richie Page added: "They're not playing up to expectation today. Last time was better."

Fans from Nigeria, Somalia and Rwanda looked on in hope at the Melody Bar, and they desperately helped to cheer on the first African nation to host the World Cup.

Mubarak Habib from Somalia said: "I'm supporting all African teams. I have good friends from South Africa so that's why I'm here.

"And should South Africa go on to win the World Cup I'd like to dedicate the win to Nelson Mandela and whichever other activists did a lot to gain independence."

Nevertheless, South African fans woke up today with very heavy heads after coach Carlos Alberto Parreira failed to get his side to deliver.

And they'll be bracing themselves for Bafana Bafana's final group game next Tuesday, a tough encounter with 1998 world champions and 2006 runners-up France.

ggittens@herald.ie


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