Tutu stokes the fire


JOHANNESBURG, June 22 – Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu urged South Africans Monday to rally behind the national team Bafana Bafana ahead of their last group stage match with France."There is no option but for us to play the game of our lives tomorrow against France. I’m predicting a three or four-nil victory. Let’s get behind Bafana tomorrow," said Tutu in a statement.

His remarks come after Bafana’s lackluster performance in the tournament, following a draw with Mexico in the World Cup opening match and a 3-0 defeat by Uruguay last week.

"Win or lose, in many respects we have already won the World Cup," he added.

The former archbishop of Cape Town also said South Africans should pat themselves on the back for hosting a successful tournament.

"As South Africans, we need to pat ourselves on the back for having achieved something very special in terms of developing fantastic infrastructure, ensuring that it works, and uniting our people," he said.

The match kicks off at 4 pm (1400 GMT) in Bloemfontein.