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By Maleho Mosimane | Jun 07, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Cometh the moment, cometh ... Bafana Bafana.

Cometh the moment, cometh ... Bafana Bafana.

Well, it is truly Ke Yona - to borrow from the slogan of a knockout competition just ended while hoping Fifa "advertising" rules are not being flouted.

And as those Bafana Bafana fans who are fortunate to have tickets for the opening match against Mexico go through all the hundred-and-one dos and don'ts of the Fifa tournament - such as getting to the match much, much earlier than we Mzansi fans are wont to - a very, very big don't is not to spur on the Mexico team to victory while you think you are encouraging your team to fight for the glory of the motherland.

Of course those scissors kick signs are out, completely out, when you think a substitution is long overdue and so is booing of any of our players (Booooooooth, is not booing, even though it may confuse Mexico).

But one of the most important don'ts for this particular match is to refrain, no matter the temptation, from singing Olé, Olé, Olé or making the Mexican Wave.

Let the Mexican fans and their players say South Africans are killjoys or bad hosts, but we are not going to sing their Olé war chant.

Of course, after we have our boots on their necks in victory (like the Spanish matador does after killing the bull) we'll bellow out the Olé and make wave upon wave.

Olé has its origins in the Spanish bullfight game when fans encourage a matador to be brave . Mexico are a Spanish-speaking country and have adapted this song and exported it to the world.

The Wave (or la Ola in Spanish) has been around in North America for decades. It is said to have been popular at university football matches and spectators made it up in the 1963 film Son of Flubber in the US. But Mexico had a world stage when they hosted the 1986 Fifa World Cup and introduced the world to this phenomenon that was christened "The Mexican Wave".

So, though it is fun to behold and is good for the Fifa spirit of Fair Play irrespective of what fans perform it and for which team, on this occasion, sorry, the wave will only serve to spur the Mexican team on so should not be encouraged.

They will recognise it as their own more than we can, so, let them call us spoil sports but let's remain seated and give the Mexican Wave a miss whenever any one of their fans starts it.

(Incidentally the Australian Cricket Council has banned their The Wave because as they rise up spectators can deliberately or accidentally throw a can, hot food ... even urine! But in Melbourne fans are ignoring the ban.)

And when Mexican fans sing any of their many silly songs, including the Olé, Olé, Olé let us drown them out with full-throat rendition of Shosholoza or whatever else.

Personally, I simply can't stand those eardrum-splitting vuvuzelas. I just can't. I hate it. But on this occasion I say blow them to kingdom come. I reckon the vuvuzela will do a much more effective job than any song we can sing to drown any Mexican song or silly instruction from their coaches to the players.

Like coach Carlos Alberto Parreira says, the "fufusela" will confuse and irritate their players and bench to bits and make them easy prey for Bafana Bafana.


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