Ten Years On – Moriri’s 2010 World Cup Moments

Surprise Moriri has recalled how he and his Bafana Bafana teammates woke up anxious the morning of the famous parade before their opening match of the 2010 World Cup against Mexico at FNB Stadium. 

The South African men’s national team, coached then by Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira, with Pitso Mosimane alongside him as his assistant, were held to a 1-1 draw by the North Americans as the first global showpiece on African soil finally kicked off. 

“That morning I was filled with mixed emotions. The excitement was there because we realised the moment had arrived, and we were also anxious because we realised that the hopes of our country were upon us,” said Moriri, now a youth development coach at Mamelodi Sundowns, while Mosimane is the senior team head coach at Chloorkop.  

“We really wanted to make the country proud. We knew as a team how important the first game was so that we can set the tone for the upcoming games, so a win was very important for us. Working with Carlos Alberto Parreira, who had won the World Cup before (with his native Brazil in 1994), was a very humbling experience and it gave us hope and courage to work even harder as the players because we knew that he has the experience for such big events. So everyone bought into his ideas.” 

To this day, the World Cup staged here a decade ago is still referred to as a moment in history where the entire nation was united. 

Moriri added that it was clear to them as players, too, even then. 

“I think it was seeing South Africans, irrespective of colour, coming together to make sure that the World Cup becomes a success, especially after so much doubt prior to the World Cup. It was really refreshing to see that,” the former midfield maestro explained.

7 Responses
  1. Muzi Kunene

    I find it strange when Downs want to buy a player our own ex players discourage that particular player not to sign with Downs instead he can try his lucky to Soweto teams or S.Sport.
    The ex players states it clear that he will not play at Downs but to sit on grandstand I don’t know its a hated they got with Downs that they are not employed like other Downs ex players is remained to be proven.

    We lost so many good players because of them whereas they busy calling themselves Downs legends, my plea to them stop badmouthing our beloved team President Motsepe cannot and will not employ all of our former players just try to seek work like everybody its boring what you do by preventing good players onto joining us and make money and improve their living in many more years to come.

  2. Khayz & Witness

    It is very unfortunate that
    our own legends keep
    grudges to a point where
    they badmouth the team
    they played for , Moriri must please equip
    himself with coachin
    barges , he might be our
    next coach if he works hard

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