Saddam wants popular horn to be silenced

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Away with vuvuzelas. Bring back our old culture.

This is the rallying cry of some of soccer's die-hard supporters.

Kaizer Chiefs staunch supporter Freddy "Saddam" Maake, who says he pioneered the vuvuzela at football matches, now wants to dictate how and when it can be used.

"Some people blow vuvuzelas at random and we can't allow it. A person will buy it at the grounds or in the street and start blowing it, even when there is a bereavement," he said.

"Soccer fans need to know when to blow the vuvuzela. You don't blow it when we bow our heads in a minute of silence. We want order and we want people to understand why the vuvuzelas are being blown."

Swallows supporter Meiki Ngakane said: "We can't stand the noise these vuvuzelas make. We can't sing like before and we sometimes leave the stadium with our heads aching."

Moipone Moorosi, a long-time Pirates supporter, said: "I don't understand why we should do away with our culture. Our players know our motivational songs and they play their hearts out when we sing.

"They can blow vuvuzelas after we've scored or after the match."

A long-standing Chiefs supporter, Nooi Ngema, said vuvuzelas were okay, but were supposed to be blown to celebrate a goal.

Swallows' Sipho Xulu said: "Every team in the league has its identity. We're identified by songs. But with vuvuzelas, how do we identify a team?"

Pirates' Johannes "Mzion" Mofokeng said: "Singing revives and motivates the players. Vuvuzelas just add to our culture."