Think again

If you thought that the sold-out tickets for Saturday's match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs demonstrated how crazy South Africans are about the beautiful game, think again.

If you thought that the sold-out tickets for Saturday's match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs demonstrated how crazy South Africans are about the beautiful game, think again.

The English have shown how seriously they take their national sport.

Their Football Association has fired Wembley Stadium's chief groundsman Steve Welch - a 2002 Groundsman of the Year - for the unpardonable sin of a badly prepared pitch for the FA Cup semifinals.

We hope coach Joel Santana is paying attention and that when the Confederations Cup starts he will keep in mind that when it comes to football people have lost their jobs for what others regard as minor transgressions.

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