AFCON Is Gone, Thank Heavens

By SamGoma

Everyone laughed when Jacob Zuma said that he hoped the AFCON trophy would be staying in South Africa, but he was right for once. It’s not even leaving Johannesburg! Nigeria’s expat population are revelling in the teams’ success so much that I doubt the trophy will find its way home, wherever that is.

AFCON 2013 was a tournament filled with strange results, strange hairstyles and even stranger refereeing decisions. A young Nigeria side managed to cement the Super Eagles into AFCON’s history books, rounding off a third successful campaign in the Africa Cup of Nations and putting an end to a 19 year trophy drought.

Burkina Faso fought valiantly, but were overwhelmed by the occasion and only contributed with some comical defending when it counted most. Efe Ambrose’s early effort gave fans false hope of a memorable match. Finals on the international stage don’t often produce spectacles for the supporters and Sunday would be no different, as some poor touches and scuffed chances proved to be all there was to witness.

But that matters little to the fans. They’ve been celebrating like there’s no tomorrow. Who knows, maybe a Nigerian victory is the signs of a Second Coming? I mean, I did see a lot of on-field prayer sessions. Although I don’t know which Almighty graced them with this victory, I did happen to find out that if you’re looking for a good party, you should stop by in Hillbrow and join in on the fun.

Roman Abramovich will have that mischievous grin on his face again, knowing that he has done a good bit of business in signing Victor Moses, who was by far the best player on the pitch. John Obi Mikel pulled finger for once and also came to the party which will surely please the oligarch, although Chelsea’s sugar daddy still has more worries than he is afforded joy at this very moment.

Meanwhile, SAFA have made a statement proclaiming their greatness, congratulating themselves on hosting a successful tournament and all sorts of other crap. Kirsten Nematandani was glowing at the press conference despite some very vocal criticism from people involved. According to him, the final was not only a “resounding success”, but it was also being “beamed” across the world. But who are we to argue with a Star Wars extra?


I’m not sure what planet you’re really from Kirsten, but the state of the Mbombela stadium’s sandy pitch doesn’t allow for much gloating around here. Nor do the millions you’ve squandered

With regards to Bafana, there can be some understandable anguish. The Boys failed us again on home soil. Yes they did. But at least they tried this time and in doing so reversed our losing trend, if only for a moment. It’s obvious that Gordon Igesund is the man to take us to greener pastures. Let’s just hope SAFA have pulled aside their blinkers.

Phew! It’s over now. Finally we can get back to watching some real soccer

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