Mexico, France, South Korea and Uruguay jetted in for the month-long tournament Zimbabwes southern neighbour will host from next Friday. South Korea and Mexico arrived at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg while the rest at George Airport. France arrived the most worried after a terrible buildup to the tournament.
The former champions, who are in the same group as Bafana, Mexico and Uruguay, huffed and puffed against China Friday evening, eventually losing by a solitary goal to the non-World Cup qualifiers. Unpopular coach Raymond Domenech, whose tenure ends after the tournament, told reporters on arrival, Having lost will force us to be more careful, more inspired and to work harder.
France have been on a wane since winning the World Cup on home soil 12 years ago. The crashed out of the 2002 edition at the first round, and although they reached the final of the last edition, they did not look convincing. Struggling to adjust to the post-Zidane and co. era, they crashed out of Euro 200 at the first round.Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News