News bulletin from South Africa

GROUP H: Honduras manager Reinaldo Rueda believes his team can lift the spirits of the nation at the World Cup in South Africa.

Colombian coach Rueda is already idolised in Honduras after leading the country to only their second World Cup finals amid a state of severe political instability.

Honduras elected a new president last year after his predecessor was overthrown in a coup.

"Of course we are very well aware of these situations," said Rueda ahead of his team's opener against Chile.

"We know the phase the country went through during our qualifying process.

"That is additional motivation for us to give this victory to the country – that would be something really great. We believe in our work and if we win this will be a huge step forward."

GROUP H: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque heads into his team's opening game against Switzerland believing South Africa's tournament can still be remembered as the best World Cup ever.

Del Bosque said he and his players feel a sense of responsibility to make the tournament a success so the people in the host country, and all of Africa, have something to be proud of.

A slow start to the tournament has seen few memorable matches, complaints about the ball, and a shortage of goals, compared to previous World Cups.

But Del Bosque said: "We have to be positive. I want to be very optimistic.

"We have to help because this is the first World Cup in Africa."

GROUP A: South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes his side will be more confident going into today's potentially crucial World Cup showdown with Uruguay having got their first game under their belts.

Having secured a 1-1 draw in their opening match, Parreira believes the hosts are now in a better frame of mind.

"I believe the most difficult game for us was the first one," he said. "The whole world was watching and the pressure was there.

"After we played the first game we felt more confident, even though we are now playing against a very good team like Uruguay."