I’ll be the last person you’ll ever see at a screening of a regular football (soccer) game, yet, like many, I find the World Cup irresistible. And it’s not just because I’m from South Africa either.
Fine, a large part of me is drawn to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa for the very reason that it is in South Africa. Minor parts of me are drawn to it because teams competing against each other on a country-level brings out something very competitive and patriotic in me.
Bafana Bafana – Boys Boys
Of course the team I support first is the South African Football Team, which are known as Bafana Bafana in the same way the South African Rugby Team is known as the Springboks. It’s a term of endearment, which contrary to their Wikipedia page, actually means Boys Boys. From my understanding, at least.
But it seems as if the rumours are true. You know, the rumours that said that the only reason South Africa is in the Football World Cup at all, is because we’re the host nation.
Yes, our national soccer team doesn’t have a fully stocked trophy cabinet – the Africa Cup of Nations is the only trophy in the cabinet – but we do have some skills. And one or two players in other country’s club leagues.
So Bafana Bafana might not be the smart choice to bet on, but they’re my number 1 priority to support. Even though, thus far, they’re not doing that great and might soon be out of the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup. But until they walk off the field for the very last time, I am a South African Football Supporter through and through.
In The Meantime…
While South Africa isn’t playing my allegiance lies with other African teams and Asian teams, and it’s them I root for in games that do not involve South Africans.
I saw the dark side of South African fans in our game against Uruguay. The vuvuzelas where roaring, the crowds were cheering and then South Africa was 2 down against Uruguay. Suddenly the vuvuzelas fell silent and the crowds became quiet – shortly after the stadium started to empty.
I know it was a terrible game – South Africa stood around as if they too were spectators. But for our fans to desert them like that, hurt. If it hurt me as a fellow supporter, imagine how the team on the field must have felt. If they had the wind taken out of their sails by the goals against them, I can’t even imagine how the silence of their supporters must have been the kick in the ribs while they were down.
South Africa in the Rest of The World Cup
So, experts and those who know nothing, both agree: South Africa probably won’t advance any further than the pools in the 2010 FIFA World Cup on their home ground.
But France is not exactly in good shape either – in fact, they’re much worse off than Bafana Bafana. For that reason I think our Boys still have a chance. A slim chance, but a chance non-the-less.
If we beat France, and we beat them good to get our Goals For up, they might still have a chance. And if Bafana Bafana wants to take that chance, I will be right behind them cheering to do it with gusto.
I promise that if the team doesn’t let the country down and try their hardest, the country won’t let them down. You might not win, but at least die trying.
Go Bafana Bafana, go Boys Boys!
Here’s Some Quality World Cup Links for Instant Info
- Google.com’s Most Recent Scores & Upcoming Games
It defaults to South Africa time (on Google.com), but you can your local time by using your local Google: google.com.my for everything in Malalysia time, for instance.
- FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa Full Schedule of Games
Defaults to South Africa time, but you can set the time zone for easy conversion and have the times be for your time zone.
- FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa Standings
A must have chart for following your team and see which other teams pose a threat – or not.
- Twitter.com’s FIFA 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa Coverage
Not all of it is interesting, but most of it is certainly relevant. If for some reason you can’t follow the live broadcast of your favourite game, you can always tune in to Twitter and follow the live game there. Could be exciting… And if you hash the 3 letter code of a country, like in #rsa, or #worldcup – you’ll get a nice little icon next to it on the Twitter website.