Ok, so I watched the Bafana Bafana, Uruguay game last night, please bear in mind that I am not a soccer expert; in fact this is probably the second soccer game I have seen in my adult life.
From what I could see, we played ok, we defended quite well, there was always one of our guys permanently stuck to one of their opponents, but as soon our defense got the ball away from the danger zone and close to Uruguay’s goals, there was nobody there to make the final move and actually score or strike or whatever the hell the term is. I remember watching Germany’s first game, every time they came in to score, there were at least 3 German players in formation waiting to take the shot, we had nobody.
But what really gets me about the game and soccer in general, are the Emmy Award winning performances by players of all shapes and sizes, who are in the throes of death, looking like they are experiencing most excruciating pain known to man, all in the attempt to get as many free kicks as possible, I mean, what’s up with that? Just to put it into perspective a bit, can you imagine our Springbok Captain John Smit running up to the referee, crying because the other boy pulled his hair. Come on guys, the acting is a joke, just play the game. The punishment on our goalie was because of an incident just like it, Uruguay striker went down in the penalty box, holding his knee and his face, as a result Khune our goal keeper gets sent off and Uruguay gets a penalty. Looking at the replay Luis Suarez was barely touched, he was offside’s to begin with so the penalty should never have been awarded. TMO people TMO, we use it in rugby, we use it in cricket, what’s wrong with using it in soccer too.
No host nation has ever fallen in the first round since it began in 1930, but South Africa’s crushing 3-0 defeat leaves them very likely to set that unwanted precedent. I don’t like to say it, but I think the fat lady has started her warm-up exercises.
All we can say now is, good luck in your next match guys, may the cold winter winds blow in your favour, but blast up the shorts of Le France.
Good Luck Bafana Bafana, we are still there for you.