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SA’s Dream Of Facing Neymar Ends In Heart Break

SA’s Dream Of Facing Neymar Ends In Heart Break

By David Kappel - Jul 09, 2017 02:31 AM @kappilinho

Despite making it further than football powerhouses such as Germany, Argentina as well as hosts Brazil, South Africa’s dream of facing Neymar at #NeymarJrsFive ended in a heart break.

Read: South Africa Through To Knock Outs After Thrashing USA & Co

After impressing on Day One and finishing Group E atop, Football Flava – Mzansi’s representatives at #NeymarJrsFive world final in Praia Grande, Brazil, sponsored by Red Bull – were somewhat seen as dark horses to reach the final.

A hard-fought victory against the United States , whom the boys had easily beaten 4-0 in the group stages and during which both sides lost one player to a red card, only came via sudden death – a 1v1 battle until a goal is scored. Dalvin Sam Kaapu, nicknamed “Vidic” kept his cool and finished the US player with a loudly celebrated Shibobo to send South Africa in the last 16.

Traditional football nations such as Germany, Argentina and even hosts Brazil all dropped out of the tournament at the first knockout round, while some started to consider Football Flava as dark horses to make it far in Neymar’s marquee tournament.

Even the fans and already knocked out teams appeared more and more impressed with the style of our Brazilians of Africa. However, the dream of lifting the #NeymarJrsFive trophy and facing the FC Barcelona superstar himself were crushed in the second consecutive sudden death.

Football Flava had dominated the game against Austria, who had just eliminated hosts Brazil in the previous round, but couldn’t find a breakthrough against a tactically solid European side, who hardly created anything in the game.

South Africa even hit the post twice, but in the end it wasn’t meant to be. SA’s Kaapu took on another sudden death but this time he lost a 50-50 challenge, allowing the Austrian to score into the empty net.

Despite the unlucky defeat, our boys can be proud of what they have achieved in Brazil, representing South Africa to the best of their abilities. With a little more luck, Football Flava might have faced Neymar and his friends on the centre court of his Instituto Neymar Jr.

But instead, they had to watch how Romania beat United Kingdom in the final via sudden death after Africa’s best representative, Angola, had been knocked out by the UK in the semi-final.

Video: Neymar showboating at #NeymarJrsFive

Romania then went on to face a team made up of Neymar and his friends, among them also Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

What do you make of Football Flava’s performance at #NeymarJrsFive world final? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Vaaltone Jul 11, 2017 11:43 AM
Hey Admin can you please define THC for me.... lol
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PeddieBoy Jul 10, 2017 12:22 PM
Hay Editor wil rewrite this article bcz it seems we are all lost
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Pokorie Jul 10, 2017 08:17 AM
I am Confused.. yawwwwn!
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Pmblanie_waMaritzburgUntd Jul 09, 2017 03:42 PM
Yazi I'm trying to follow ds post bt ayi i don't get it mani.....kahle kahle uMr editor wt was trying to say to us?kwabazwile
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Daily sun's sister nxaaa!!!
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Ruud-Krol(mugabel) Jul 09, 2017 10:11 AM
Ahg rubbish, who cares about this useless tournament?
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malakza Jul 09, 2017 09:45 AM
Cowditor is useless u can't even mention de players who were playing in dat useless ting or u also don knw dem.
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zinyoka Jul 09, 2017 09:31 AM
Is the heading of this article appropriate? Really had difficulty understanding, maybe says something about the quality of writing here on SL.
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Phunyuka bangphethe Jul 09, 2017 08:59 AM
What's that?
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hluphy1591 Jul 09, 2017 08:58 AM
Aaii..wat a waste of money
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clemz7 Jul 09, 2017 08:31 AM
They tried a lot unlike Bafana Bafana
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Hardlucky
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Iminald Khosified Jul 09, 2017 08:02 AM
This shows Mzansi got talent
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Poor reporting
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Good for the football world
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Great effort from the guys

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