1 Jun 2010

South Africa thrash Guatemala in friendly

5:54 pm on 1 June 2010

It was a record night for South African football and captain Aaron Mokoena as the 2010 World Cup hosts outclassed Guatemala 5-0 in a warm-up match.

The winning margin was the biggest since Bafana Bafana (The Boys) returned to international football in 1992 after 28 years of apartheid-induced isolation, bettering four-goal margins against Chad and Thailand.

And it came on the day Mokoena became the first South African footballer to win 100 caps and wore those figures on the back of his yellow shirt just in case anybody was unaware.

The victory also stretched to 11 matches the unbeaten run of the host nation in friendlies since Brazilian coach Carlos Parreira returned last November for a second spell in charge.