Convincing Carlos to save Bafana

2010-06-23 10:23

With World Cup fever sweeping through South Africa, the one-man

show Convincing Carlos brings a humorous look at Bafana Bafana’s coaching


It’s shortly before the soccer tournament and the national squad’s

performance is not improving.

Carlos Alberto

Parreira has just left his job as Bafana’s coach because his wife is ill. The

man he recommends, Carlos Santana, is failing to put back the shine in the boys’

shoes and piano.

The perpetually losing team causes distress to many soccer fans,

particularly one soccer fanatic named Sechaba, a family man whose dreams

convince him that he has been chosen by the ancestors to rescue Bafana Bafana in

the run-up to the World Cup.

The only solution is to bring back Parreira to coach the national

soccer team. But this turns out to be a difficult task. Sechaba meets many

characters, among others drug peddlers, soccer fans, a prisoner and the Safa


He confides in writer Khalo who follows Sechaba’s story with the

hope of publishing a bestseller so that he can cash in during the World


Although he has been on stage before in plays like MacBeki and For

Your Ears Only and on television’s Rhythm City and Home Affairs, this is a

first one-man show for the multi-talented actor and screen-writer Mpho


And he does it very well, switching from one role to another with

ease – with the help of lighting and music. His versatility and ability with

various accents gives him the ability to play various characters well.

If you need to unwind and keep the soccer fever alive, see the show

at the Grahamstown Arts Festival until Saturday.

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