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Quality of football at stake

2010-06-14 14:20
Dear Editor,

It is with great interest and curiosity that I’ve observed the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

But it is not without concern; after terrible misses in great scoring areas from the world’s greatest footballers. Could it be altitude? Playing conditions? The quality of our fields...?

No, I don’t think so; the blame should be attached to our very own Jabulani soccer ball.

Many players, goalkeepers in particular, have raised serious concerns regarding this balls flight and movement.

In comparison to the soccer balls players are accustomed to, this ball can be unpredictable at times, which makes world class players look ordinary and often clumsy,

People might say the low scoring games we’ve witnessed since the tournaments inception should be attributed to stronger defensive tactics applied by the coaches but I beg to differ.

Lastly, I’m very much impressed by the course the SWC has taken; but the banning of the vuvuzela should be reconsidered. If we as the fans are protesting, how do we expect to see the brand of football we are expecting if we aren’t willing to accommodate the players?

FIFA must take a stand and eradicate these seemingly small elements threatening this stunning event.

Siya Falakahla

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