G . J. Venter
I love Vuvuzelas / I hate Vuvuzelas
The beloved Vuvuzela has become part of a rich South African soccer culture. It is the driving force of the supporters and their Vuvuzelas that motivate there teams, so the question being is it a friend or foe? The Vuvuzelas caused quite a stir in the FIFA World Cup Finals in June-Julie of this year. The soccer players were all complaining about the noise it makes. According to the players it was very difficult to hear one another on the pitch. This caused massive problems for the players as they could not hear the instructions amongst one another. Portugal’s Captain Cristiano Ronaldo could not handle the noise and took matters further by complaining to the FIFA Board of Directors. His protest was waved away without any argument.
The Vuvuzela first appeared in 1965 at a soccer match in South Africa. Ever since that year there has been a steady increase of Vuvuzelas appearing at soccer games. It has established a solid place in the hearts of the supporters and South African culture. It was unrealistic of the players to ask the FIFA Board to remove it from the stadiums for the world cup finals. How can they expect to ask the host to change their traditions? The Vuvuzela is South African soccer. It is the formula behind the fantastic atmosphere.
Over the television the sound of the Vuvuzelas became too much after a while. Just imagine what it felt and sounded like inside the stadiums. It would cause damage to one’s ears. The only means of communication is shouting. At the end of the eve your ears and throat would be aching of the pain. Is that the best way to enjoy your evening? There was a solution, but that meant buying the expensive box tickets. This meant that only the wealthy could experience the games in ultimate comfort.
This aspect really did not matter to the supporters as most of them are really young...
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