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Nerves and excitement precede Bafana match

Australian supporters turned out in numbers to bid farewell to the Socceroos in Sydney on Monday night ahead of the team's departure to the World Cup in Brazil.

Australia and Bafana Bafana were due to kick-off at 7.30pm local time in what would be the Aussies final fixture before heading to Brazil on Wednesday.

Among the expected 50 000 fans were Hennie and Sue Oberholzer, a South African couple living in southern Sydney, who travelled to the stadium to watch the match.

A doctor by trade, Hennie moved to Australia 10 years ago and met Sue, before the couple were married in 2008.

“It’s great to be here,” Hennie said before kick-off “I’ve lived in Sydney for some time but I have never watched a South African team playing against Australia live at a ground, in any sport.

“This is a great game to play because the Australians are going to the World Cup and the people here make a big deal out of this farewell game.”

Sue, who is a self-professed “stay-at-home-mom” said she was pleased she joined her husband, adding that the atmosphere made the experience of traveling to the ground a memorable experience.

“We live quite far away and it’s a bit of a drive to get here but it’s good that we came,” Sue said.

“I hope Bafana win because I will always support South African teams and it’s nice to have some memories from home.”

– Sapa

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