“The Ghost” that is Pirates was nowhere to be seen

2010-12-08 00:00

SO, as it turns out, we can score goals in South Africa.

It’s a rare thing in local football to see goals flowing in the biggest match on the calendar, especially in cup finals.

Lately these have had 0-0 — and the obligatory shootout — scribbled on them long before the first whistle.

As a Kaizer Chiefs fan, I obviously enjoyed us dishing out the diski lessons to Pirates, but it was hardly a spectacle, was it? I mean, where the hell were Pirates? In both matches?

The one-eyed Buccaneer supporters said after the league match that they were steeling themselves for the cup. What now?

It could have actually been a bigger scoreline — in fact, it could have mirrored the glorious “El Clasico” of a week ago.

Heck, certain aspects of Chiefs’ play had one thinking they were watching Barcelona’s extras as they tore repeatedly into “the Ghost” which is Pirates’ rather apt nickname.

In the last two derbies, several of their stars have resembled Casper — they were nowhere to be seen!

Chiefs certainly know how to turn it on in cup games, but they now need to do the same in the league. This nonsense of losing to Vasco da Gama must stop. Immediately.

Apparently the coach had them back in training the day after the Telkom final.

He even had the good nature to tell them to rock up straight from the after-party if they felt inclined — as long as they were there to work!

Meanwhile, across the ocean, Chelsea are fast losing whatever Christmas cheer they planned to have. It is becoming a joke, really.

Even with all their Russian billions they cannot buy a win right now. Everton, Sunderland, Birmingham and Newcastle have all taken points off them recently.

And don’t expect the bleeding to stop anytime soon.

A peek into their next batch of fixtures tells you that they have to visit Spurs, host Manchester United and then go to the Emirates in their next three league games.

As they say, when it rains, it blerrie pours!

Suddenly Arsenal are top of the pile, and United are right up there, too. It is the biggest title dogfight we have seen in ages.

Arsenal are enjoying a revival, but I fear they are still too lightweight to carry the fight to the end of the season.

Not that they care for my opinion, as I found out when I was stopped in the corridor this week by a colleague who is a Gunner fan.

Clearly the jinxing Samir Nasri has mesmerised even their own fans, because this guy now believes that games involving his Gunners are worthy of being called “El Clasico”.

Suddenly, United against Arsenal next week is the biggest game on the calendar.

I am all for patriotism, but a little common sense has never hurt anyone. There is only one, true “El Clasico”.

If you don’t know by now, just go to Youtube and search for Football 101.

The truth will set you free.

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