These ‘guests’ should stop going on about our rural trumpet

2010-06-15 00:00

IT’S not the same if you aren’t at the game. That much I found out on Sunday night when I sat in a prime seat to soak in the Aussie demolition at the hands of Germany at the simply stunning Moses Mabhida Stadium.

We have landed ourselves a fine facility down Umgeni Road way, and every foreign hack I bumped into on the way to picking up some free water — Fifa really are cheapskates — said as much.

On Sunday, it was taken over by a sea of Aussies — or were those just more replica Bafana jerseys? It was hard to tell, but it is great that the jersey has become a uniform in these heady days.

Durban has also landed itself some plum fixtures, with Spain, the Netherlands and Nigeria all set to grace our area code.

And let’s not forget that minor Group G clash between Brazil and Portugal next Friday.

It’s a tough job, folks, but I will do my best to rustle up the energy to drag myself to these innocent kickabouts between nations.

While waiting for Sunday’s match to start, I came across a rather disturbing titbit about vuvuzelas on the BBC site.

Apparently, international broadcasters have been complaining, and even Danny Jordaan was quoted as saying he is not a fan of the offending instruments himself.

I actually find this entire debate irritating and rather ironic. The British, the French and the Spanish have been harping on about the vuvuzela for months now — even a year in Spain’s case.

Xabi Alonso said they should be banned as long ago as the Confederations Cup. Who the hell does he think he is?

Excuse me while I vent my spleen here, but does he not play for the same club whose fans are renowned for their racist chants and monkey impersonations directed at black players?

And Patrice Evra’s feeble excuse that the “rural trumpet” distracted his charges is poppycock. They should be more concerned about how to score legitimate goals instead of looking for loopholes.

As for the English, well let’s just say some of the singing that they say is being drowned out is probably better not heard by viewers, anyway.

I happened to live in the UK for a few years, and went to enough stadiums to hear exactly what malicious melodies they used to serenade opposition players with.

So for these European guests to take the moral high ground is a bit rich for me.

Yes, the vuvuzela can be irritating — especially when your neighbouring 10-year old decides to practice his pitch at 7 am on a Sunday!

But, like it or loathe it, it is part of our football culture. And I do believe that it is far less harmful than racist taunts or songs that abuse every female member of an opposition player’s family.

Indeed, the vuvuzela may sound like a constipated elephant stuck in traffic, but it is proudly South African. And the last time I checked, this was an “African World Cup”.

Moving on swiftly, I am already twitching for Bafana’s key clash tomorrow.

As if last Friday wasn’t bad enough, we now have to go through the roller-coaster all over again.

I don’t really like berating our boys, but Teko Modise needs to find his scoring boots fast. We could be sitting with three points if the Bucs ballerina had gobbled up one of his golden chances.

Perhaps Irvin Khoza should send him to Naturena on loan.

As Siphiwe Tshabalala’s deliriously great goal proved, Kaizer Chiefs’ players know how to locate the net.

After that performance, though, I fear “Shabba” has played his last club game on these shores.

Here’s hoping he gives us another great parting shot.



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