Khune targets maximum points
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South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune believes the FIFA World Cup™ hosts should be fearless in approaching all three of their opponents in Group A. The country is gripped by football fever ahead of the first FIFA World Cup on African soil, which kicks off on Friday.

Today, tens of thousands of fans lined the streets in all major centres blowing vuvuzelas, sounding their car horns and showing their support for Bafana Bafana, who held an open-top bus parade in Sandton, close to their base. Carlos Alberto Parreira's team launch their campaign against Mexico at Soccer City, before facing Uruguay and France as they look to reach the second round for the first time in their history.

It is important that as the host country we go out to win all the games.
South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune

Khune is confident they will have no trouble qualifying from their pool and is targeting maximum points in the three games. "They should be worried about us as the hosts and we shouldn't be worried about them," he said. "It is important that as the host country we go out to win all the games. We can go out there and upset these countries. It will be nice to take all the nine points in the group stage, but we have to realise the other countries won't make it easy for us."

Beyond the group stage, Khune believes anything is possible. He added: "We have the advantage of our home supporters, those who will be blowing the vuvuzelas at the stadium and the whole nation will be behind us so I think anything is possible. We are more than ready to go out there to do our best for the country."