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Shoes: World Cup Needs Goals

South African football legend John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu says he is hoping for more goals and attacking flair at this year’s World Cup to be hosted in Brazil.

Arguably the biggest sporting event in the world, the World Cup will be starting on June 12 and excitement has started to build up as 32 national teams vie for glory. Moshoeu travelled with Bafana Bafana to the 1998 World Cup in France and earned 73 caps in total, scoring eight goals in the process.

The former Kaizer Chiefs star believes that the teams with the creative spark and players with individual brilliance have an added advantage in the tournament.

He told the Siya crew, “In the 2010 World Cup, you’d find teams that had maybe six defenders and two or even four holding midfielders. They had less attacking players. I mean, you need more attacking players. That’s my take. That’s my opinion. If you have a problem with injuries or suspensions with the defenders, you can still use the holding midfielders as defenders."

"Look at Brazil… why not take Kaka? You know you might need him. Why not take Ronaldinho? You might need him. But you might not need Dante. Take more of the attacking players; players that can influence the game. You need goals to win the tournament. You can’t go out there to defend," added Moshoeu.

"In the 2010 World Cup Bafana had a few defenders who didn’t even take part. Bowubasaphi labantu? (Why did you include them?) There was Thanduyise Khuboni, Macbeth Sibaya and Kagisho Dikgacoi. If 'Mbazo' (Aaron Mokoena) is injured, Dikgacoi can play as a central defender. Maybe I’m saying all this because I’m attack-minded, but at the end of the day, you need goals, irrespective of how you play,” he concluded. 

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