The South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup first round ‘s first matches are coming to an end. In the first game of Bafana and Mexico, I really don’t to get anyone I can call a big name. The France – Uruguay match had Nicholas Anelka, Franc Ribery, Thierry Henry and Diego Forlan, to name but a few. They proved to be chewing bones with gums.
The South Korea – Greece fixture is another with key players in positions that I don’t consider key. The Liverpool defender Kyriokis should be an inspiration to his mates because of the status of his faded club.
We watched the Nigerians huffing and puffing against Argentina who, themselves were made to sweat by an unknown goalkeeper Enyiemba. The Africans had Yokubu, Ondimwijie, Mikel Obi and Obafemi Martins. The South Americans fielded the classy Messi, Tevez, Mascherano and Veron among an array of stars. Are they going to have their say?
Wayne Rooney is one the world is watching in this World Cup, having won all accolades in the English Premiership with Manchester United, but he was just a shadow. There was Lampard who failed to stamp his authority in the match, but by contrast, Captain Steven Gerrard has announced his arrival already. Not to be outdone was Dempsey of USA. London Donovan is one we also expect to see.
Sunday’s matches saw the Black Stars of Ghana making light work of Slovenia with the influential Asamoah Gyan scoring from the penalty spot. I am not sure if the Serbia and Algeria fixture has players of note.
The Germans sure have arrived. We heard a four goal salvo. Podolski and Klose will be the obvious ones, and they came to the party. The rest of them are still to check in.
We now await Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Salomon Kalou of Ivory Coast, Portuguese Christiano Ronaldo, Iniesta, Xavi and Torres of Spain as well as any of Brazil’s Kaka, Robinho and Fabiano to set this tournament alight. From what we have seen so far, we will be missing many of them in a few days’ time.
Who has impressed you so far?