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Barca trip a cure for Shakoane's kudu horn envy

By unknown | 2007-06-14 00:00:00.0

Hats off to Patrice Motsepe!

Hats off to Patrice Motsepe!

The man has revolutionised South African football and set standards that are going to be hard to emulate.

Barcelona in South Africa?

Whew! I never thought it would happen, not with the value of the rand being what it is.

The world's football stars don't come any better than those at this giant Spanish club. It is an institution of the beautiful game and its players are among the highest paid superstars in the world.

For some, this will be an opportunity of a lifetime to see world- class players like Ronaldinho, Deco, Samuel Eto'o, Gianluca Zambrotta and Lilian Thuram right on our shores.

Well, you might say the World Cup will also provide this in 2010. The truth of the matter is that the World Cup will not come as cheap as what Motsepe is offering the nation with this game.

With the cheapest ticket selling at R50 and a suite ticket at R350, this is a steal.

Football connoisseurs are already queueing at Computicket. At the prices set for the game next Wednesday it is no wonder Motsepe rightly says it is being staged at a loss.

Such clubs do not come cheap. And, guess what? After going to all the expences the mining magnate went into, he further pledges all proceeds accruing from the match to The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

You cannot help but love this man.

Funny, isn't it? We have had the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers and Aberdeen gracing these shores before, but there's never been as much excitement as with the coming of Barca.

And, the great news is that Motsepe says Barcelona will not be the last top team to play against Sundowns in South Africa.

Now Alex Shakoane has got his own lenaka (kudu horn) to play for. He was always jealous of the Vodacom Challenge that he once threatened to "gatecrash" the party, win the horn and break it.

The former gold-fingered one must be smiling from ear to ear with such bragging rights.

This is a not to be missed match and all thanks to Motsepe.

Bafana Bafana are heading for Congo Brazzaville this weekend and we have been made very worried.

All this talk about an astro-turf pitch is driving us crazy. Everywhere one goes people are rating the national team's chances on whether they will be able to play on such a ground or not.

After our teams' last experience in Pointe Noire, we have to be concerned at what to expect this time round.

The pitch at that time was also not up to scratch and the army and locals did not make things easier for our boys either.

But, methinks we should be all the more ready this time round because we know more or less what to expect.

It is a psychological game played the world over and this is the time to show we are made of sterner stuff and can ride over such mind games.

Bafana Bafana have a job at hand and they have to go out there and do it.

All the best.