SABC are experts in the art of the stuff-up

2010-10-13 00:00

WHAT’S happened to all the football?

That was certainly one of the quieter weekends on the box this year.

I am sure connoisseurs of cricket, rugby or whatever else the Commonwealth has chucked at us are not complaining.

And besides, we had a few prominent cricketers knocking about in these parts last week.

And, let me tell you, they play just about as much diski as Bafana these days.

Every time there is a break in play, or they have to warm up, out comes a football, and suddenly you see a wicket-keeper thinking he is Maradona.

It can all get rather messy.

The international break at least gave us time to forget about the problems our respective clubs may be facing.

It was with great sadness that I received the news that a troubled club from Merseyside in England is in the midst of a grim court battle, and there is now a third name thrown in the pot.

A Singapore billionaire who (and this was the bit that reduced me to tears) has made a happy packet with his Manchester United-themed restaurants across his native country.

Can it actually get any worse for Liverpool?

Their potential saviour, no matter where his other interests lie, has been making his bucks off the back of the success of their most bitter rivals!

It is the irony to top all ironies, and yet, if you ask any true fan, they will take what they can get at this stage.

In all seriousness, this Liverpool debacle is becoming a bit much, and the latest I heard was that they could go into administration if they are not sorted out by the ides of October.

And before you think that a visit from a bunch of secretaries can’t be all that bad, I do believe that the admin the FA speak of is altogether more grim.

There is a hefty fine and the small matter of nine points being docked off their tally.

That would leave those Liverpool fans who suggested that things couldn’t possibly get any worse to choke on their cornflakes when they wake up to see their star-laden side bottom of the table and, because they don’t have nine points as we speak, in arrears on the points column.


Aside from the troubles on Merseyside, this weekend also saw another bumbling board come to the fore.

Since the World Cup, it seems most of the country have thrown their lot in behind Bafana.

Well, those that I speak to, anyway.

Heck, a couple of my white connections even asked where I was catching the game on Sunday.

As it turned out, all I caught was the cold, as that fine institution that is the SABC outdid itself yet again.

There I was, ready for the national anthems, when I was suddenly confronted by the national Venda music awards, or something along those lines.

Now I am all for diversity on our telly — we do have 11 tongues to feed — but if you promise us footy, then we really ought to get footy to go with our Sunday supper.

SABC seem to have perfected the art of the stuff-up, so much so that they really ought to start a consultancy on how to really insert your foot into your mouth.

Their levels of incompetence know no limit, and it is a small wonder that the World Cup was not interrupted by a Generations omnibus at some stage.

I am terribly, terribly vexed.

As it was, Bafana only drew 0-0, so I figure that we didn’t miss too much.

But I would have at least preferred to have the option to change channels myself, instead of being confronted by yet another of our languages that I still fail to fathom.

If it wasn’t for a surprise drink with a cheerful chap by the name of Makhaya, the weekend would have been a write-off. As it was, “Makkie” saved the day. That’s how I roll. Sometimes.



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