Today the soccer world cup starts in South Africa. Our country has gone crazy. For some amazing pictures take a look here.
I am not a soccer fan. I am however, a fan of South Africa hence the new blog banner which I will leave up for the duration of the world cup.
People all over the country are blowing vuvuzelas. It’s a constant background noise – even here out in the countryside far away from the cities. This morning we even awoke to the sound – huh? – we live in the middle of the bush – I wonder where the giraffes got them from?
I have been watching the whole process for years now – I remember when SA was awarded the world cup – years ago. South Africans are funny people – sadly many of us are infested with negativity – the nay-sayers came out of the woodwork from day one. The majority of comments I heard were about how there was no way we would ever be able to get everything done on time, how badly things will be done, how the organisers will take it away from us because we are so pathetic and how the crime levels will make everyone stay away.
Well it’s here, everything is ready and the visitors have arrived. I am not saying that we have everything done perfectly – but its all been done with gusto and goodwill. We know that our team is the underdog. Realistically I will be very happy if we win a game. (Can you see what we are like, with that statement?)
What I find really funny is now we have a group of people who are criticizing the nay-sayers – telling them that they have no right to show patriotism now and get all excited about the world cup because they were not supportive initially. We are really weird.
What is so awesome right now is how all nationalities, creeds and cultures in this country are standing side by side in the streets, laughing, shouting and cheering our team on – no matter what.
We have managed to do it for the rugby world cup, the cricket world cup and now the soccer world cup, as well as for the african games – surely we should now have the confidence to stand with our heads held high and say – “We can do it!” and get rid of all this negativity.
Go Bafana Bafana!