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Tuesday 23 January 2018

World Cup Diary: Armchair fans full of hot air

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

PEOPLE in South Africa are quickly becoming aware of a loud, relentless, annoying drone. Specifically, large swathes of armchair viewers around the world complaining about vuvuzelas.

There have even been calls to ban the plastic trumpets, a move that would be quite spectacularly misjudged in a tournament which is supposed to be about spreading the game to a new part of the world with a different culture.

"I wouldn't dwell too much on what outsiders think of vuvuzelas," said one South African spokesman yesterday. "If you're sitting at home watching the game, you're different from the people in the stadium who use the vuvuzela as means of expressing themselves." They're here to stay and rightly so.

Moriri's colourful insight

In a country where race issues are prevalent, visitors are obviously wary of uttering anything that could be deemed politically incorrect. But inside the South African dressing-room, there is no such taboo.

Bafana Bafana midfielder Surprise Moriri has opened the lid on the banter with his colleagues in an interview with 'Kick Off' magazine.

He describes team-mate Steven Pienaar (left) as a "typical coloured from Westbury who comes across as being a darkie. He even behaves like a black boy," says Moriri. The only white player in the squad, Matthew Booth, is nicknamed 'Library' because he reads so many books and takes his own coffee mug to team meals.

Ghana the 'african brazilians'

Nice bit of honesty from Ghana's Ibrahim Ayew, as he acknowledged that his side's desire to attack is so natural that they often disobey the orders of coach Miroslav Rajevac. "Sometimes we cheat," he said. "We always attack. We play like the African Brazilians."

Irish Independent

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