To Russia - with love for the game!

The Mercury - - SPORT - Mr Bones

OH WOW, my Lawdy, what a week it has been! From Ndun­gane golf days, to Kolisi day at El­lis Park – any­hoo, no time for that! We don’t have enough space this week as there is too much go­ing on – and the Bones don’t have the mo­nop­oly for a sep­a­rate World Cup col­umn. All in African time, my dears. Maybe for Qatar, if we are still around...

Right, to Russia we go for the next month! How kak were Sloppy Ara­bia last night ... you won­der if they fixed that like Don­ald T… oops! Onto the next, and we pick a few plump fix­tures. Egypt vs Uruguay, you got to go with the South Amer­i­cans, hola, Javier amigo!

Morocco vs Iran, let’s take the Africans, just be­cause we love to, kids!

Next up is the banger of the week­end, the week … ac­tu­ally, the whole tour­na­ment! Por­tu­gal vs Spain on Fab Fri­day is Rus­sian madness. We go with Senor Bal­lon D’ Or’s team, who are usu­ally abysmal at the World Cup. But, take it, be­cause San­goma said so!

On Satur­day, we start with France vs Aus­tralia. Ob­vi­ously go French, as they have more Africans than our best hope from the Mother Con­ti­nent! But, no time for his­tory lessons. Go for mar­gin of 2 goals, just for nje.

Ar­gentina vs Ice­land, don’t be sur­prised by a shock here. That’s all I am say­ing. Peru vs Den­mark, we love South Amer­i­cans be­cause they are our cuzzies, if you feel me, hom­bre. Croa­tia v Nige­ria – well, un­for­tu­nately, the best dressed Naaija’s will cop it here, Oga!

We can’t do all the footy, un­for­tu­nately, so let’s pick the best of the re­main­ing bones.

Costa Rica take on Ser­bia, and Costa should make paella out of them. The next two bangers are my favourites to win out­side of my top pick – be­ing the Africans wear­ing berets and calling them­selves Euro­peans. Sacre bleu!

Ger­many vs Mex­ico should be a cracker but, ze Ger­mans will take it, then notch three in a row. Brazil take on Switzer­land, and the Samba boys will do their damn thing. Then it’s onto the dou­ble of an­other South Amer­i­can team, Colom­bia, to beat Ja­pan! Aybo, the San­goma is run­ning away with the South Amer­i­can brethren! Maybe just take all South Amer­i­can teams that play on days 2 - 5 and you may make a bucket, me­neer! Askies, not me­neer. I meant ma­jita! Wrong sport­ing code.

Den­mark over Aus­tralia, France to baguette Peru, then Ar­gentina vs Croa­tia should be a young group top­ping tus­sle - and a pos­si­ble semi-fi­nal­ist for the win­ner. Tran­quillo, but this time I am diss­ing the South Amer­i­can, and go­ing with the crazy Croats.

Now, let’s run through the oval ball calls like those Bok-Boks ran through the English chan­nel!. Halala, Bokke - and es­pecailly the debu­tants. We were there to wit­ness it, along with the in­com­pa­ra­ble Gwijo Squad! Enkosi. Siyab­ulela! Back the All Blacks to do the dou­ble, and wrap up the series against France. Aus­tralia will try and close out the series, but as an Ir­ish-blooded San­goma, I’m will­ing to back the potato boys again.

Ja­pan vs Italy; I say the Japs back up last week’s sushi job. Oh, here is an early heads-up for my true fol­low­ers. Go take Ja­pan to make it out of their pool in next year’s World Cup. Sleep on this, and it’s Say­onara, kids! South Africa against Eng­land – un­for­tu­nately, against the peo­ple’s sen­ti­ments, I reckon it’s go­ing to a fi­nale in Cape Town. Happy birth­day, Siya ‘Mkhokheli’ Kolisi on June 16, and well done on the ton, Beast. Re­spect!

Lastly, we say ku­dos to Hil­ton-Michael­house to­mor­row at the leg­endary Gill­fil­lan grounds in the Mid­lands. Mar­itzburg Col­lege old boy and le­gend ref­eree Craig Jou­bert is blow­ing his last game, and he chose a school­boy game to sign off. What a champ!! Sa­lute, Jouba! Siyabonga. San­goma OUT! PS, I am also an ex-Col­lege boy! (Google) -

Sanele Tsha­bal­ala

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