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"Culture is the heritage of us all. some may be more interested than others in the treasures of the past, but no one can fail to take a pride in his country's participation in the story of mankind, as represented in carvings, sculpture, music, paintings and the other arts. And there is a personal commitment to this, for no man can really say he is alone: we are all joined through our identity, with the cultures which are part of the mainstream of life"
- Simon Kapwepwe, Zambian Independence Freedom Fighter

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"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinion drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition" - Steve Jobs

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Vengeance Is Ours!

Some may say that we have villified Uruguay above and beyond what was necessary.  This sentiment was certainly expressed by the ESPN commentators who found the crowds booing of Suarez abhorrent.  This makes me think that even though one of them was English (really he should be ashamed of himself), they clearly were reflecting a lack of understanding of what football means to the world and to Africa at this particular historic moment!!!!!  Dude saying that we are hanging onto something we should let go off is quite funny coming from you.  Aren't the English still hanging on to their 1966 glory?!  Do we tell you to move on - no because we understand how important such things are! Ghana's plight is only a week old, it's still a fresh wound, it hasn't even scarred yet like yours!!!!

Uruguay pissed off (excuse my French) the wrong group of people.  You don't go and annoy Africans on African soil!!! If that hand ball was instinctual, Suarez would have apologised and we would still have been mad that Africa's hopes had been dashed, but we would have comported ourselves a lot different.  Maybe a coulpa boos here and there, not the loud booing on cue everytime he got a touch of the ball.  However, Suarez invited the virtiol that killed his striker mojo when he started pontificating and gloating at The Black Stars expense.  I was onto the fool earlier in the tournament.  He deserved everything he got.  And I am a nice person, usually able to weigh both sides and agree to disagree. Suarez mollified my World Cup Fever, he is lucky he didn't suffer worse in the land of the Sangoma!

Germany continued our crusade to deny Uruguay any sort of kudos at this World Cup.  The English ESPN commentator did talk some sense though - he did say that Uruguay would do well to win so as to rid quell the talk circulating about their dubious advancement. The results showed that obviously they had usurped their glory and were swiftly punished for their petulance. Plus I hated the way they played throughout the tournament...I think they had a 4-4-2-1 formation or a 4-5-2?  Either way they had at least 8 or 9 people at the back at any given point which just clogged up the game and did not allow for flowing and creative play.  Waiting for people to make a mistake is not a way to win a World Cup, its an opportunistic way to get ahead.  Kind of like the way Djokovic being No. 2 in the world right now is not because he has improved in anyway, but is due to the fact that Federer has lost his way a little bit. I will give it to Forlan though, he is clearly a gifted striker.  You see I told you I am a nice person, I can appreciate brilliance when I see it, why do you think I called him a slippery eel?

Germany  brought on more African players funnily enough for this game.  Augo is of Nigerian descent.  Unfortunately he was a little too flamboyant and commited a very careless foul that could have broken someone's leg.  However he is forgiven, good looks will have us overlook his indiscretion he he he.  When the Germans went down 1-2, Africans stepped in to right the deficit.  Jerome Boateng, despite not being on good terms with his brother, choreographed the second goal, feeding in a nice ball for Jansen to head past the goalie.  (I don't care if in reality Boateng was probably not thinking of his brother, that's how it played out in my mind ;}).  The third goal was headed in by Khedira, sealing Germany's consecutive 3rd place finish at the World Cup.  He is of Tunisian descent.

All is well, all is well.  We can now finally bury the hatchet, enjoy tomorrow's game, and look to 2012 for all African teams to get serious, with Ghana leading the way! :)

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