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is in­deed the sea­son to be jolly and to be all that comes with the fes­tive sea­son. But chances are that you will most likely bump into a few, if not many, un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally long faces.

You will not have to take many guesses as to who they sup­port, though. Chances are they will be Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pi­rates or Spring­bok fans.

Amakhosi fans have en­dured a rather try­ing time since Steve Kom­phela took over the reins amid some fan­fare on June 17 last year.

The club’s tro­phy cabi­net, which is ac­cus­tomed to wel­com­ing a new piece of sil­ver­ware at least once or twice every sea­son, has not opened its doors to any shiny stuff in the 16 months that the schol­arly coach has been at the helm.

Pi­rates fans have also not had much to cheer about this sea­son.

De­spite be­ing beaten twice at the Fifa Club World Cup in Ja­pan re­cently, the sup­port­ers of Mamelodi Sun­downs will be among those who will al­most feel sat­is­fied.

Be­sides play­ing the best foot­ball in this coun­try, Sun­downs crowned that with two tro­phies this year.

And many would agree that the least said about the Spring­boks, the bet­ter.

While Al­lis­ter Coet­zee’s ap­point­ment was widely wel­comed as a breath of fresh air by many, save for a small group for whom the per­son’s skin colour still means a great deal, he has man­aged to break all the un­favourable, or wrong, records.

The Spring­boks find them­selves be­ing strange bed­fel­lows with Bafana Bafana, the se­nior men’s national foot­ball team.

Un­der Her­man “Shakes” Mashaba, the foot­ball team has con­tin­ued to mis­fire and cause a lot of mis­ery for the na­tion.

The Proteas have been a rev­e­la­tion this year. They have mostly oblit­er­ated every op­po­si­tion that has come their way. They have re­ally lived up to their

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