The flip side of patriotism

2010-06-22 14:43

Tierre Burdy cut a lone blue figure at Innes Free Fan Park at

Sandton during Bafana Bafana’s deciding match against France.

The 27-year-old French national, who has been in the country for 12

days, is disappointed that his countrymen have not shown up at the


He says: “In France, people don’t really follow the national team.

Even if we win, I won’t be completely happy because it would be against South


He’s had a great South African experience – except for his team’s

performance, that is.

Despite his disappointment in Raymond Domenech’s boys, Burdy

believes France will beat SA 2-0, courtesy of Ribery and Henry.

If Burdy takes a thorough look in the sea of yellow he would find

at least two people on his side.

Sizwe Khumalo (26) and Cilliers Ramphele (29), both from

Johannesburg, are wrapped in the French flags.

When asked why South Africans are supporting the French team in

this crucial match, Khumalo said there was no way Bafana Bafana would score four

goals against France.

He asks: “How can you support something that you don’t see

improving? There are no changes in the squad against Mexico and Uruguay. The

same mistakes were made in both games. And even today it will be the


Rampele believes the final score will be 1-0 to France.

And if Bafana does progress to the next round, Khumalo says they

will watch the matches but support other countries.

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