International Friendlies – Order Restored.


Now that the World Cup is over, England can beat anybody. The excitement of any of their victories will prove a wasted one, given they will begin to struggle with Euro qualification and then Capello will be fired and a new coach will take them to the next tourney.

Those with a tendency, that booing tendency, waste as much breath only they exhale bad breath booing the perennial under achievers. Wembley is a football revolution house. Boo’ers must behave or jump!

The big story of note is ever to believe a big man like David Beckam can retire from international football, or be told he is too old to play for England. Capello has guts. England may have won the World Cup if he ate or drank whatever made him to announce that decision before the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

It is still fresh in us how South Africa drew 1-1 against Mexico on June 11, 2010. Mexico drew with World Champions, Spain in their international friendly yesterday. Simple logic, South Africa could have been World Champions because they are just as good.

France rookies got a baptism of fire loosing 2-1 by a team that did not go nowhere near the World Cup. Norway won 2-1. Germany were reduced to ordinary pedestrians by the Denmark side.

The World Cup finalist Holland managed only a 1-1 draw at the Ukraine.  Just to prove how over the World Cup is, Cameroon can tell you where the goals are. In one match, they accessed that route successfully thrice against poor Poland.

The Nigeria Super Eagles failed to fly totally from South Africa. A solid Korean Republic performance clipped their wings. A 2-1 result leaves a sour taste in the Africans’ way forward, but against the Koreans, it was never an easy game.

The big one worth the space here was the Bafantastic Bafantasic crew who gave a new Coach a warm welcome with a win over the Black Stars of Ghana. Pitso Mosimane acknowledged the scrappy affair but was happy South Africa got the 1-0 victory. 

Which match or result tickled you?

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