Stand up and scream, because Bafana need you!

2010-06-08 00:00

YES, yes, I can feel it. Right here in my back pocket!

Don’t get me wrong, I am positively salivating at the prospect of the football feast that will kick off in three days’ time.

But I have some issues with this whole money-making scheme by the Fifa suits.

Have you tried to go shopping with an 18-month-old lad who has also decided to “feel it” every time he sees another football?

Fifa is about to leave me bankrupt. I’m up to five balls that are all practically new, all because every single shopping centre has got into the mood.

Heck, one of our regular stops even had a mini field, complete with posts, grass and another blerrie football!

Eish, I have resorted to shopping at ungodly hours, just so I can cut out the stress of explaining to a screaming toddler that not each and every ball in the world warrants his fleeting attention.

But aside from that, well, what can one say?

I mean, if I actually blurt out that I was behind Ronaldo in the shopping queue the other day, it won’t sound quite as ridiculous as it would if I had said it on any other month.

Heck, it is slightly, vaguely possible, isn’t it?

It’s here folks, and despite the national broadcaster’s attempt to make that the most nauseating sentence, you cannot argue with them.

The show is here.

This injury curse that has struck so many stars is slightly uncalled for, though.

It is a pity that we won’t see Michael Essien inspiring the Black Stars, but the show must go on.

Friday obviously cannot come soon enough, and my next dilemma is just where to be when the national anthem pipes around Soccer City.

I almost have goosebumps thinking about it, but that could be down to the aircon in this office.

You see, folks, at the back of my mind are these damn Mexicans.

If ever there was a possible party pooper, it is all these not-so-welcome amigos who have looked a little too slick in the preamble.

Don’t get me wrong, I wish them all the best.

But I just pray — no, I think we should leave the man upstairs out of this — I really hope they leave their front trio in the hotel by mistake and then find them in time to thump the French and the Uruguayans.

In all seriousness, Bafana will need every single one of us pulling for them come Friday.

This is big.

Bigger than your local club avoiding relegation. Bigger even than your overseas club winning the European Cup.

This is Bafana, our Bafana — call it Bafana Lite, since we shed a few extra tons recently — and we need to pull for them like we did for the Bokke in 1995 and again in 2007.

Of course, it is a lot easier to back a winning team, but that is precisely why we need to throw our weight behind Parreira’s boys now.

Don’t back them merely because you drank the same potion that has convinced some at Safa that they will suddenly go all the way.

Not gonna happen.

In fact, if the Republic of South Africa does wonders and results in one Aaron “Mbazo” Mokoena plucking the gold from a gleaming President Zuma — in between his next few nupitials — then I will gladly skinny dip across the Duzi.

At the crack of dawn.

In winter!

It’s not that I don’t believe in the lads, but I do believe in adding a dose of reality to my day-dreaming.

Get us to the next round, Carlos Alberto Parreira, and you have earned your millions.

That’s all we want.

So, warm up your throats, sports lovers.

Wives and girlfriends, accept a temporary demotion to second most important in house after the television set.

This is that one month when the male species will act a little paranoid, needing favourite socks and undies on certain days.

Don’t ask, unless you want an hour of conversation on why Teko Modise should have passed instead of shooting.

You don’t really want that in the middle of your cornflakes, do you?

Fight it, flaunt it or even fake it. But just feel it, folks.

It is finally here.



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