PICS | Quartet fly South African flag high at 2022 FIFA World Cup

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AL WAKRAH, QATAR - NOVEMBER 22: Referee Victor Gomes is seen during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Group D match between France and Australia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar on November 22, 2022. (Photo by Ercin Erturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
AL WAKRAH, QATAR - NOVEMBER 22: Referee Victor Gomes is seen during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Group D match between France and Australia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar on November 22, 2022. (Photo by Ercin Erturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

While Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, at least four South Africans are flying the flag high for the country in Qatar.

South Africa fell agonisingly short in their quest to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after missing out to Ghana – who open their campaign against Portugal on Wednesday – but the country is at least being represented by no fewer than four flagbearers.

Chief among them is leading referee Victor Gomes and his assistant Zakhele Siwela who took charge of reigning champions France's resounding 4-1 group stage win over Australia on Tuesday.

AL WAKRAH, QATAR - NOVEMBER 22: Harry Souttar of A

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Earlier this week, former Bafana Bafana international Roger De Sá made an appearance on the sidelines in Qatar as Iran fell to England in their opening match of the tournament.

De Sá is currently the assistant to former South Africa head coach Carlos Queiroz with the Iranian national team and will on the spot again on Friday and next week Tuesday when they take on Wales and United States, respectively. 

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 21: Iran coach Carlos Queir


Meanwhile, the South African Football Association's Chief Medical Officer Thulani Ngwenya has also made the trip abroad where he is serving as a Doping Officer at the World Cup.

As a bonus, Durban-born midfielder Keanu Baccus, the younger brother for former Kaizer Chiefs star Kearyn Baccus, made his FIFA World Cup debut on Wednesday as well when he featured for Australia in their defeat to France.

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The 24-year-old, whose family moved abroad when he was a young child, currently plays his club football with St. Mirren in Scotland where his performances this season earned him a call-up to the Socceroos' squad.

AL WAKRAH, QATAR - NOVEMBER 22: Kingsley Coman of

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