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An ‘African’ World Cup?

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Kuti, Masekela at WC Opening

I left the office early Friday afternoon and got home just in time for the opening ceremony. While it wasn’t as spectacular as the South Korea show of 2002, it was something. I loved the line-up of African musicians like Hugh Masekela, TKZee and Femi Kuti (although Yahoo! wrongly reported it was Femi’s late father Fela who performed…wtf) and the focus on South African dancing, emphasising that this is an ‘African World Cup’ in the words of Zuma.

The kick-off game got interesting in the second half, with South African Tshabalala getting one in in the 53rd minute! I was elated, until Mexico equalised towards the end and I knew it was going to be a draw. Still, not a bad start for Africa.

Nigeria‘s Super Eagles put up a stunning defence against Argentina, coached by eccentric legend Maradona (very interesting his facial expressions during the match!) and conceded only 1 goal to these footie greats. I will be watching Enyeama more closely – he is the most impressive African goalie so far.

Algeria has been the most disappointing thus far; featuring some catastrophic goalkeeping from Chaouchi who let the ball bounce off his chest and into the net just 12 minutes to the game’s end – putting Slovenia ahead of Algeria in the group.

Ghana offers the greatest hope so far, beating Serbia 1-0 thanks to Assamoah Gyan’s beautiful penalty kick which sent the goalie the wrong way; and also thanks to the fact that the Serbs were one man down after Lukovic was sent off.

The performance of Cameroon against Japan  (today, 5pm) and Cote d’Ivoire against Portugal (tomorrow, 5pm) remains to be seen. Thus far overall, we haven’t done too badly for ourselves, methinks 🙂 It’s been a footie weekend of surprises, so who knows? Allons, Lions! Allons, les Elephants!!

Personal highlights:

  • The very first goal of the FIFA 2010 coming from an African team;
  • The buzz of 60,000 vuvuzelas when that goal was scored;
  • Enyeama’s goalkeeping;
  • England keeper Green’s colossal screw-up allowing USA a draw;
  • Successfully convincing some of my non-football-loving friends to sit down and watch a match 🙂

5 Cool Things to Know About Beer…

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If you’re going to drink copious amounts of it tonight (and/or every other night… you know yourselves), you should know a little more about it than the price, right? No, not really. But these are funny, so you’re welcome 🙂

1. The ancient Babylonians were the first people to brew beer. And they took  their brewing seriously – if you made a bad batch, your punishment was to drown in it.

2. In the Middle Ages, clean water was often hard to find. Many people chose to drink beer instead because the alcohol made it safer to drink than regular water.

3. The Vikings believed that when they died and went to heaven, a giant goat whose udders provided an endless supply of beer would be waiting for them.

4. In 1814, a brewery tank of 3, 500 barrels of beer ruptured, causing a tsunami of beer in London. Two houses were demolished and nine people died.

5. Prohibition in the U.S. lasted 13 years, 10 months and 19 days. When it was lifted, President Roosevelt said, ‘What America needs now is a drink!’ a.k.a ‘Let’s get wasted, muthafuckers!!’

What some famous people have to say about beer:

  • You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline… at the very least, you need a beer” – Frank Zappa
  • Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals like hydrogen and oxygen, they would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer” – Dave Barry
  • All right, brain, I don’t like  you and you don’t like me – so let’s  just do this and I’ll get back to killing you with beer – Homer Simpson

Happy weekend 🙂