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Vogts still looking for first win (Allsport)
05/19/2002. AT STAKE

The South African's continue their preparation for the greatest show on earth (aka The World Cup) with a clash in the Far East against Berti Vogts Scotland's side.

Jomo Sono's side face Paraguay, Spain and Slovenia in the World Cup, and will view the game against the Scots as valuable experience in gelling the team together and generally ironing out any creases and faults which may have appeared, although in truth the quality of their three opponents in June is above that of the Scots. After this game, they face fellow qualifiers Turkey on Thursday, a match which is likely to be a much sterner test for the Africans.

It would be tempting to say that the Scots are in turmoil after losing each of Vogts first three games in charge, however transition would be a better description as the German continues his admirable policy of blooding some of the youngsters. However, whilst this may pay off in the long term, at the moment, Scotland look like a nation going down the FIFA rankings at an alarming rate. The face a Hong Kong XI later this week and then Denmark in August, before starting their Euro 2004 campaign against the Faroes Islands - a game which many Scots must be having nightmares about even now!

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Since the African Nations Cup last January, South Africa have had mixed fortunes spread over three friendly encounters. Last March they were hammered 4-1 by Georgia, whilst a month later they were held at home by Ecuador, who themselves are surprise WC qualifiers. Last time out, they sneaked a home win against Madagascar, although 1-0 was hardly a scoreline that they could have been proud of. However, with the WC under a fortnight away, it's individual performances and overall team unity that counts more than results, and if Sono can get that right over the next two games, then the results may well follow when it matters.

Played three, lost three, that's the unenviable record of Berti Vogts Scotland career so far. The 5-0 hammering at the hands of France raised few eyebrows in truth, whilst the 2-1 home defeat against Nigeria was put into perspective when the Africans did the same to Ireland last Thursday. The game against South Korea, also last Thursday, was another chance to field a very inexperienced side, however the fact that three of the four Korean goals were absolute beauties, will have done little to raise the hopes of the Tartan Army, who will see the 4-1 defeat as a result which will rank alongside flops against Peru, Iran and Costa Rica in their memory.

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South Africa: Lucas Radebe. The Leeds United defender has missed the entire Premiership campaign due to a serious knee injury, which not only threatened his career, but for a while, his ability to even walk. However, he has recovered and whether his place in the final WC squad is warranted or not, `The Chief` will surely be a valuable rock at the heart of the defence. My only reservation would be his fitness, but games such as this Scotland clash are arranged for this sort of rebuilding.

Scotland: Scott Dobie. The West Brom striker made his debut against South Korea and marked it with a fine headed goal - a rare bright spot among the Tartan gloom in Basran. Dobie has had an excellent season, helping his club to promotion to the Premiership, and is one of many youngsters and borderline players being tried by new boss Berti Vogts.

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South Africa:
Goalkeepers - Andre Arendse (Santos), Calvin Marlin (Ajax Cape Town), Hans Vonk (SC Heerenveen, Netherlands)

Defenders - Matthew Booth (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bradley Carnell (VfB Stuttgart, Germany), Pierre Issa (Watford, England), Aaron Mokoena (Germinal Beerschot, Belgium), Thabang Molefe (Jomo Cosmos), Cyril Nzama (Kaizer Chiefs), Lucas Radebe (Leeds United, England)

Midfielders - Delron Buckley (VfL Bochum, Germany), Quinton Fortune (Manchester United), Thabo Mngomeni (Orlando Pirates), Bennett Mnguni (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia), Teboho Mokoena (St Gallen, Switzerland), McDonald Mukansi (Lokomotiv Sofia, Bulgaria), Steven Pienaar (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Jabu Pule (Kaizer Chiefs); MacBeth Sibaya (Jomo Cosmos), Sibusiso Zuma (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)

Strikers - Benedict McCarthy (FC Porto, Portugal), George Koumantarakis (FC Basle, Switzerland), Siyabonga Nomvete (Udinese, Italy).

Scotland:
Goalkeepers: Neil Alexander (Cardiff City), Robert Douglas (Celtic), Paul Gallacher (Dundee United), Neil Sullivan (Tottenham Hotspur)

Defenders: Gary Caldwell (Newcastle United), Warren Cummings (Chelsea), Christian Dailly (West Ham United), Callum Davidson (Leicester City), Maurice Ross (Rangers), Robbie Stockdale (Middlesbrough), David Weir (Everton), Lee Wilkie (Dundee)

Midfielders: Graham Alexander (Preston North End), Scot Gemmill (Everton), James McFadden (Motherwell), Kevin McNaughton (Aberdeen), Scott Severin (Heart of Midlothian), Michael Stewart (Manchester United) Gareth Williams (Nottingham Forest)

Forwards: Scott Dobie (West Bromwich Albion), Allan Johnston (Middlesbrough), Kevin Kyle (Sunderland), Garry O'Connor (Hibernian), Steven Thompson (Dundee United).

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Vogts still chasing first win (Allsport)
05/20/2002. Scotland have lost 2-0 to South Africa in Hong Kong this morning, the fourth successive defeat since Berti Vogts took charge of the Tartan Army. Although there is no doubt that this performance was an improvement on the 4-1 thumping South Korea dished out last Thursday.

Despite the victory, on the evidence of this display, Jono Somo's side look like they will be struggling to make any impact on their World Cup group of Slovenia, Spain and Paraguay.

The Scotland side is dominated by youngsters and inexperienced players at club level, let alone international level. However they gave South Africa a tough test and the scoreline certainly flattered the Africans.

Scott Dobie looked dangerous in the opening half hour, but it was South Africa that took the lead on 31 minutes. Johnston brought down Zuma and from Benni McCarthy's freekick Tebogo Makoena hit the back of the net. Celtic keeper Rab Douglas could only parry McCarthy's effort and Scotland were slow to react allowing Makoena to knock in the rebound from a tight angle.

Scotland deserved an equaliser, which would have resulted in a penalty shoot-out to decide the winner in the opening match of this Reunification Cup. Sunderland's Kevin Kyle came within inches of scoring on his full debut but his chip over the onrushing goalkeeper was over-hit and smacked against the face of the bar.

In the closing minutes Rangers' Maurice Ross almost caught Hans Vonk off his line, but the keeper managed to retreat and tip the youngsters curling effort over the bar.

To rub salt in Scotland's wounds South Africa doubled their lead in stoppage time through George Koumantarakis for his first international goal. It may be another defeat for Vogts but there was reason for optimism on the basis on this performance.

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