Fact file: Bafana Bafana star Steven Pienaar has been named Everton’s player of the year as midfielder for their side.
If you shake off the doom and gloom opinion that every foreign journalist is adamant at disseminating, you could fill the glass to half full, and, I don’t know, maybe see 270 000 unsold tickets as 270 000 opportunities? Sure, there are logistics and financial targets to meet, but with CEO Danny Jordaan and his spokespeople assuring us that they are in under budget – even if by the skin of their teeth – what are we whining about? “Skin of their teeth” is an odd saying, isn’t it? Not a quintessential South Africanism. But, ag man, there’s lank good stuff about this World Cup chommie, and with all this to celebrate, you can expect a bebbelas after a lekker jol at any of the matches in any dorp nogal.
While we are shaking off doom and gloom, let’s respond with gusto to Carlos Parreira’s plea to get behind our team. He says positive support would go a long way to boosting their performance on the field – and I can only agree! When last did anyone accomplish much through a barrage of negative commentary or cavalier disregard? On their last stretch at training camps and with a set of friendlies lined up, these players – who are human too – are taking their last steps towards what they hope will write the legacy of their careers. They shouldn’t have to do it alone, and with over 50 million people behind them, they will go a lot further! We’ve got tickets available. We’ve got a focused team. We’ve got world class stadiums with world class security and we’ve got our South Africanisms to cheers with as we clink our glasses together. Get with it ek se! It’s your cloud and its lining to paint. I suggest silver!