Sunday, July 25, 2010

Closing ceremony

If there is one thing that stood out, rallied support and also divided sports fan all over, it is the Vuvuzela. Lovers, followers and supporters of football know what I'm talking about. That long, noisy, blaring horn that emits a monotone sound when blown, couldn't have done more to unite and divide fans equally. Health warnings aside, we are in the 21st century and the subjugation of cultures is something I thought was long eradicated in this world. Clearly not. I was not in agreement with the people who were advocatng the banning of the vuvuzela. How else were we, South Africans, supposed to express our support for Bafana Bafana and celebrate their achievements..? Kudos to FIFA for not heeding those calls.

You know at times, when I get the opportunity to watch NBA games on tv, I will hear the loud noise made by Thundersticks. The sound is quite disturbing because it is sharp and noisy. Now, because I don't know of its origin and place in American sporting culture and society I will deem the instrument a nuisance and not see its use. Much like the vuvuzela. People who are not akin to South African football culture will not understand its use and importance, which explains the collective indifference. However that is no reason to impose on another culture, in my opinion.

And, what other way to end the World Cup, until 2014, than Will Ferrell paying tribute to this instrument in a very stylish and formal manner.

Yes, there were teething troubles, but in general, security concerns were largely unfounded and our nation that so many expected to fail actually put together a truly memorable and intriguing tournament. The World Cup won't be back in Africa for a long time, and that's too bad.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

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