S Africa thump Swaziland in training match

13:52, January 24, 2010      

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South African soccer fans were screaming for goals and their team, Bafana Bafana, as the World Cup hosts produced a 6-2 win over minnows Swaziland in a training match at the Chatsworth stadium in Durban, South Africa, on Saturday.

The South African Press Association (SAPA) reported that it was a game of two halves as Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira took a leaf out of former England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson's book by fielding two different sides in each half of this practice match.

The first half was played in blazing heat and the second in cloudy, cool conditions, according to SAPA.

The score did not really matter, but Parreira will be pleased to start his preparations for this June's World Cup finals with an easy win.

Catching the eye for South Africa were striker Gert Schalkwyk who scored twice in the first half, winger Franklyn Cale who netted twice in the second, plus defender Siyabonga Sangweni who looked solid for the "First X1" at center half, and midfielder anchor man Matthew Pattison who all put up their hand for a place in the starting lineup against Zimbabwe in Durban on Wednesday night.

Bafana play Zimbabwe at the Moses Mabhida stadium, also in Durban, in a friendly where caps will be awarded. No caps were awarded for Saturday's game.

Despite the convincing scoreline, Parreira knows this is only the start of a tough road that ends on June 11 when Bafana host Mexico in the opening World Cup Group A match at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Source: Xinhua
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