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Jun 23
2010

Bafana is Quota-less.

Posted by OS GIKEN in SWC , Soccer , Bafana

OS GIKEN

Bafana Bafana is a colorful team, some spots or a spot of white and then some brown to ad to the spectacle. One of the most controversial policies in S.A sports has to be the quota system imposed, yes, on sporting codes that was deemed a bit too white on face value!

I watched 3 Bafana games at 3 different places with all races attending. One very disturbing opinion I got from a Mexican in Cape Town...he asked me don't the white South Africans play soccer? In the words of Joey Rasdien..."Kaka is a colored, put more colored’s in the Bafana squad and we'll start winning" I'm a racist like every other person living in South Africa, but yoh, where's Booth, the guy who the white guy identifies with? Where is Lance Davids, the guy who the colored guy identifies with?

black player

Black:

Rugby, no.

Tennis, no.

Cricket, no.

Swimming, hell no.

Soccer, obvias!

white player

White:

Rugby, obvias, apparently they were bred for it!

Tennis, hhhm.

Cricket, what you expect.

Swimming, only they can!

Soccer, haikona!

brown player

Kalad:

Rugby, flank…yes.

Tennis, no man.

Cricket, batsman yes, but prove yourself over and over again, otherwise!

Swimming, in a dam yes, a pool with demarcated lines, please!

Soccer, yes...but SAFA will rule you out.

muslim/indian player

Muslim/Indian:

Rugby, stop eating curry, build some muscle, still a no-no!

Tennis...no comment

Cricket, top order batsman, yes, but like the Kalad, prove yourself constantly with 100's otherwise!

Swimming, in the money yes.

Soccer, yes...but SAFA will rule you out.

I cannot stress the importance politics plays in South African sports, everyone has an opinion and everyone's an expert. Never have I heard so many colorful comments about the Bafana team as I have in the last 3 weeks, everyone keeps on asking the same question...Why is Booth not playing? And this is followed by the proudly South African answer..."because he's white"

What made us so fascinated by color? If something goes wrong, we blame color representation. If a color is not included, we blame the majority color of that sporting code. In Rugby we keep on talking about more blacks like its a norm, and when people on the whiter side of the coin talk about more whites in soccer, arms are thrown up in the air in protest and everyone simultaneously points to the Nelson Mandela statue in Sandton and almost as if choreographed asks "is that what he fought for?" But this is a legitimate question...not what Madiba fought for, but where is the representation in the Bafana squad? It’s only funny that when these questions are asked concerning the representation in the Bafana squad, it’s uncalled for and politics must be left aside, but anywhere else where there is one white man too many, politics and history are all too common a strategy alongside the game play on the drawing board.

OS over and out - white and black, kalad and indian, we all want a piece of the pie, give it to us please!



































































Jun 22
2010

Bittersweet

Posted by DevilTrigger in SWC , south africa , France

DevilTrigger

"I have good news and bad news!", said an official looking man, staring at the lottery ticket in his hand. "The good news is, this is the winning ticket. You have just won one million dollars."   The man who stood in front of him, being the owner of the ticket, let out a cry of delight and dropped to his knees. 

Jun 22
2010

How to save a Ref

Posted by DevilTrigger in SWC , ref

DevilTrigger

Big game today, with something even greater than progressing in the tournament at stake: pride. I have been supporting Bafana from day one of this SWC but honestly, I cant see them coming through. I expect a win for us, but this miracle thrashing of France that will send us to the final 16 is not going to happen (Unless the French get into an argument during the match and while they are distracted we just constantly pound the ball into the net. Scoreline, South Africa 527, France- 0). I just hope we don't get a stupid ref. 

Jun 17
2010

The real Bafana??

Posted by sgb in SWC , Soccer , Bafana

sgb

Which is the 'REAL' Bafana - the team that beat Denmark 2-0 in a warm up, that drew 1-1 to Mexico, or that lost 3-0 to Uruguay?

Jun 14
2010

World cup not good for journoes

Posted by AbortRetryFail in SWC , south africa , social media , Soccer , journalists , internet , Facebook , crime

AbortRetryFail

SA people are an industrious bunch but not too bright it seems. No, I don't mean everyone, just those who are contributing to destroying our character/name/reputation...

Culled from online sources, including News24 and Mail&Guardian and from reports on East Coast Radio and other national news stations...

Thieves broke into the Uruguay team hotel and stole $12 000 from two of the squad while the team were playing against France at the World Cup, Uruguay media reported Saturday.

Three members of Greece's Soccer World Cup squad had cash stolen from their hotel rooms in the northern suburbs of Durban, a team official said on Thursday.  Cape Town – Southern Sun Hotels is investigating "an allegation" that cash was stolen from the hotel rooms of Greece's national soccer squad in Durban, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.

An armed gang stole money and a camera from four Chinese journalists in South Africa to cover the Soccer World Cup, state media reported on Thursday. 
Three European journalists were the victims of an armed robbery early on Wednesday morning at their lodge in Magaliesburg.  Three journalists, two from Portugal and one from Spain, were robbed in their rooms at Nutbush Boma Lodge in Magaliesburg by armed men at about 04:00. Two of them slept through the incident.

Lanseria airport has reopened after the wreckage of a plane which had to belly land was removed from its runway on Sunday. Johannesburg - A plane full of World Cup journalists, including 14 from the Al-Jazeera network, escaped unhurt after their aircraft made an emergency landing near Johannesburg on Sunday, an airport spokesperson said.

Rustenburg - Burglars stole camera equipment worth $70 000 from a New Zealand television crew covering the Soccer World Cup in South Africa, police and the network said on Sunday.

Johannesburg - The two women accused of stealing money from the Colombian soccer team's hotel rooms applied for bail in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Thieves seem to be aiming for journalists (great move, p#$$ off the people who WILL and CAN report the incident internationally) and the international soccer teams. So far it seems like "they" are working towards hitting every attending nation at least once. It hasn't taken the lowlife criminals long to realize who has the best "stuff" to affirmatively acquire. The next question is however just what are they going to do with the high-tech cameras and sound equipment? It's not a handy-cam or tape recorder but broadcast-quality specialized equipment which will definitely cause a stir if they try to pawn it at the corner pawnshop.

At the same time some blame is also due the victims. How you may ask? Well, common sense dictates not to let expensive stuff lie about unattended and one would think journalists at least, with their access to news sources, would know there's a bit of pilfering going on in the good 'ol SA. Even the "common" tourist will have seen the many sensationalist reports and the Facebook status updates and warnings... so much for the internet and almost-real-time updates/reporting of information.

At least none of the tourists have been attacked by the lions and other wild animals international media reports are all over every dorpie in SA...

Jun 11
2010

Do the Mexican Wave. Blow your horn!

Posted by sgb in vuvuzela , SWC , Mexico , FIFA

sgb

Is a Mexican wave appropriate?

Jun 01
2010

June 2010: South Africa's Month.

Posted by sgb in world cup , SWC , Soccer , 2010

sgb

June 2010. A momentous month for South Africa.
And Friday 11th June 2010, the opening match of the Soccer World Cup when South Africa take on Mexico at Soccer City, will go down in South African history as the greatest milestone of South African sports since re-admission to the world sporting community in 1994.

May 29
2010

Has Cape Town Dropped the Ball?

Posted by sgb in SWC , Soccer , Bafana

sgb

The round ball, the soccer ball. Where is it?

The SWC start on 11th June, in 13 days time to be exact. But where is Cape Town in this whole event? Do they even exist in South Africa?

May 27
2010

So where is the money we have been promised?

Posted by sgb in SWC , Productivity

sgb

Every political decision made - and global sport (as well as global religion) is all political - has unforseen side effects.  And so it is with the SWC (am I allowed to use the words 2010 World Cup?)

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