Let’s buy Car­los a good­bye ticket

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

BAFANA Bafana played good foot­ball in the run-up to the World Cup, which left many of us shocked. They shocked us again dur­ing their first World Cup game against Mex­ico.

But what we saw against Uruguay was the use­less Bafana that we all know; a team that keeps away fans from matches.

The team’s per­for­mance was a real shock as we, South Africa, now stand on the thresh­old of the ig­nominy of en­ter­ing the Guin­ness Book of Records for all the wrong rea­sons.

We may be the first team to be kicked out in the first round as the host coun­try.

For as long as coach Car­los Al­berto Par­reira fails to re­alise that Teko Modise, Aaron Mokoena and Steven Pien­aar are play­ing rub­bish, we won’t get any­where as a team.

Benni McCarthy must be the hap­pi­est “fat” man in the coun­try and I would also be, if I were in his shoes.

Why did Par­reira pick a 23-men squad if he knew play­ers like Mac­Beth Sibaya and Siyabonga Nomvente would not play?

Dur­ing the rugby World Cup there was no such hype, but still the boys did us proud and lifted the tro­phy.

And again Bafana play­ers did not wear Amabokoboko jer­seys as a sign of sup­port be­fore that rugby tour­na­ment.

A num­ber of com­pa­nies spent money on Bafana jer­seys, and some staff left work early to sup­port the team dur­ing the first game against Mex­ico.

The govern­ment wasted mil­lions on tick­ets, Foot­ball Fri­days, Ay­oba ad­verts, vu­vuze­las, fake Bafana Tshirts and flags hoisted on cars.

We should unite for the last time and buy Par­reira a ticket back to Brazil.

I won’t even bother to watch the last game against France. Thanks, Safa. We’ll now con­tinue with our nor­mal lives as the World Cup has ended for us: re­sume ser­vice de­liv­ery protests and con­tend with Julius Malema, Eishkom and Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s wives and 21 chil­dren.

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