World Cup 2010: "Vuvuzella" the Weapon of Africa

Zaakir HoosenAnalyst IMay 17, 2010

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 16:  South African fans celebrate during the International Friendly match between South Africa and Thailand from Mbombela Stadium on May 16, 2010 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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While many might assume the worst for the South African National team come the World Cup with the likes of Mexico, France and Uruguay to be their group matchups.

Sunday afternoon at the newly constructed Mbombela Stadium on the outskirts of Nelspruit was the venue for the South Africa vs Thailand clash.

South Africa claimed their first victory out of five planned friendlies prior to the Show Piece, with Bulgaria their next opposition at Soccer City.

Bafana Bafana (South Africa) ended the game 4-0, with goals from Simphiwe Tshabalala in the (22nd minute), Katlego Mphela (30, 33rd minute), and Bernard Parker (90th minute).

But the true weapon of South African football was unleashed on the Thai team, a truly South African match, packed to the rafters with 30,000 people dressed in the yellow and green blowing the "vuvuzellas."

The Trumpet that can be as deafening as ever, for many this will be key in South Africa pushing on and gaining confidence for the huge opening encounter with Mexico.

Thailand coach Bryan Robson said, "The noise out there was deafening and created a fantastic atmosphere, but it was so loud I could not communicate with my players on the field."

Last year during the Confedrations Cup, Spain led the protest against the "Vuvuzella" saying it was too noisy and interferes with their concentration on the field.

Many International journalist also requested FIFA to ban the noisy trumpet, but Fifa President Sir Blatter dismissed these requests, stating Vuvuzellas were part of South African soccer tradition.

Robson went on to say,

"I think the noise generated by the vuvuzelas will be a big plus for South Africa in the World Cup.

"If 30 000 vuvuzelas can make such a racket, what will 90,000 (referring to the opening game at Soccer City) be able to do when South Africa play in the World Cup?

"That will be something South Africa's opponents will have to try and overcome. I reckon these things, combined with this fantastic support I saw for South Africa today, could be a huge advantage. It could make a difference in the World Cup."

South African national coach Carlos Perreira was asked what he taught about the "Vuvuzella," he replied, "Make them louder, louder, louder. We want more vuvuzelas at all out matches."

South Africa will be looking forward to welcome back some star players in Steven Pienaar and Aaron Mokoena and hope for the inclusion of Benni McCarthy for next week's friendly against Bulgaria, followed by Columbia and Denmark.

SAFA are also trying to arrange a friendly with either Brazil or Argentina prior to the June 11 kick off.


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