Pressing Issues: Please God, let it rain goals

2013-01-27 10:00

In one of his most volatile speeches, firebrand Malcolm X gives an interesting definition on the differences between a house negro and a field negro.

He says a house negro becomes so close to the master that if you come looking for the master and he is sick, the house negro will say: “We ain’t feeling well today, we’ve got a cold.”

He goes on to say when the master’s house catches fire, the house negro will pray for rain while the field negro will pray for wind.

Today, I want to become a house negro. No! I ain’t praying for rain. My prayer is: Please God, let it rain goals.

Goals are what make a soccer match exciting and there has been such a scarcity of them in the 29th Africa

Cup of Nations (Afcon) that most matches were boring affairs.

People pay to see goals.

The two goalless draws in the opening matches between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde and Angola and Morocco set a bad tone.

So far, the 2-2 draw between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Ghana was the only thriller to produce four goals, otherwise we were tortured with more goalless or 1-1 draws.

By nature, the opening round matches are usually quite open.

What has happened so far in the Afcon is scary, considering that teams usually become more cautious when it comes to the knockout stages.

This is because one wrong step can mean you are out of the competition.

Africa is gifted with very talented goalkeepers, with the likes of Itumeleng Khune of Bafana Bafana, Adam Kwarasey of Ghana, Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama, Ivory Coast’s Boubacar Barry and Robert Muteba Kidiaba of the DRC – but the tournament also has hotshots such as Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba and Yaya Touré, DRC’s Dieudonné Mbokani and the Bafana duo of Katlego Mphela and Bernard Parker, so you would expect the net to have bulged with goals more often than has happened.

Remember a time when there would be trouble when “Bennie McCarthy was in the area”?

That was before the nemesis of all sportspeople – age and weight – caught up with him.

McCarthy found the back of the net four times in one match at the 2008 Afcon finals.

In fact, he finished as joint top goalscorer in that tournament.

Where are the goals, guys?

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