South Africaâ€™s 3 nil defeat to Uruguay has put them in danger of becoming the first ever World Cup host nation to fail to go beyond the first hurdle.
Despite an impressive performance against Mexico in their opening game of the 2010 World Cup last Friday, South Africa were brought down to earth by Uruguay who comprehensively dismissed them 3-nil.
The heavy defeat to the South Americans put Bafana Bafana in a precarious position at the bottom of Group A after accruing only 1 point from 2 matches with a hugely battered goal difference, in a group also comprising France and Mexico.
Never in the tournaments history has a host country bowed out at the first round of footballâ€™s biggest competition, with 6 of the 7 world champions having won the title on home soil.
Despite being offered lucrative incentives, Bafana Bafana fired blanks againstÂ a Uruguayan outfit which seemed tactically superior, after employing a 4-3-3 formation in which Diego Forlan, who opened the flood gates did a lot of damage, after being given a free-role.
With Bafana Bafana set to lock horns with 1998 world champions France in their final group A encounter, chances are slim that the South Africans will progress to the next round, though African fanatics will be keeping their fingers crossed hoping Bafana Bafana will beat Les Bleus in their last encounter and pray that other results sway in their favour.
Â The mathematics required in determining South Africaâ€™s qualifications is an indication that Bafana Bafana clearly have their backs against the wall, after letting destiny slip out of their hands.