was a time when busses, taxis, trains as well as the water cooler at work would
be abuzz with conversations about the weekend’s soccer events on any given
that this doesn’t happen anymore, but social media has taken over a huge chunk
of this banter.
there were people who would avoid certain modes of transport on a Monday after
their clubs had lost as they knew they would be the butt of all sorts of jokes
from their peers.
days, football supporters can no longer hide or run away as the banter has
become so "in your face" as all you need is a smart phone and you are part of the
so long ago, Kaizer Chiefs were on the receiving end of all jokes after Mamelodi Sundowns
won the CAF Champions League and earned a star on their jersey.
so doing, the Tshwane side joined Orlando Pirates who have been proudly donning
a star on their shirts since achieving the feat in 1995.
had it dished out to them as pictures of the Pirates and Sundowns logos with a
star above them started circulating along with those of Amakhosi - either with the
Zion Christian Church (ZCC) star or even a picture of a fly atop the logo.
joke had hardly sunk in when Pirates suffered their heaviest defeat in the
Premier Soccer League (PSL) era that started in 1996 when they were walloped
6-1 by SuperSport United.
it was the turn of Pirates to be the butt of all sorts of jokes that saw people
drag out file pictures of the classic 1960s car that sported six tail lights
which became famously known as a “Six Mabone”.
back of the car had the Buccaneers logo between the lights this time around.
one that did the rounds was a Pirates team picture of 11 players with a caption
that read “The uncles had asked for 11 cows”. You see, in township lingo, any
boy with poor football skills is called an inkomo,
this past weekend’s Telkom Knockout results that saw Sundowns being knocked out
by neighbours SuperSport and Chiefs bundled out by unfancied Free State Stars,
the two are back in the spotlight of being at the centre of all jokes.
one smart alec posted one of the 2016 Idols SA Wooden Mike contestants
singing a song dedicated to Chiefs with these lyrics: “Siyanibongela the
invisible star is really killing you boys”.
where would football be without soccer fans and the banter that always goes
around before and after matches?
the record, Sundowns lost 3-1 to SuperSport on penalties with Chiefs being
bundled out 6-5 by Stars through the dreaded penalties method as well.
matches, Baroka FC suffered a 4-3 home defeat at the hands of new boys on the
block, Cape Town City, while Pirates beat Highlands Park 2-1 at
will visit SuperSport, while Cape Town City will host Highlands
in the other semi-final.
football for you and social media is just adding to the fun.
S'Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning over 30 years. He is currently
City Press Sports Editor.
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