Shabba, Vuvuzelas and Jabulani / A World Cup update

African Update – 20/06/10

Kofi A. Nkrumah contributes with his comments to the disscutions about Shabba, Vuvuzelas and the Jabulani Ball.

Siphiwe Tshabalala is affectionately called Shabba by friends and admirers. He was born on 25th September 1984 in South Afrika. He plays in the midfield position for Kaiser Chiefs in the local league in his homeland and also Bafana Bafana the South Afrikan National Football Team. Shabba has become very popular in Afrika and across the globe since 11th June, 2010, when he scored the first goal in the opening game against Mexico. That was a beautiful goal and it also became the first goal by an Afrikan player, for an Afrikan team on an Afrikan soil in Afrikas first world Cup. It is therefore easy to predict that life during and after this World Cup will not be the same for Shabba.Can you help me say Tshabalalalalalalalalalalala!Good Luck to you boy.

JABULANI is a Zulu word meaning celebration or rejoice. Certainly the World Cup is about celebrations. FIFA wisely adopted this beautiful Zulu word for the official football to be used at the 2010 World Cup in South Afrika.

On 4th December 2009,the ball was first outdoored in Cape Town. There after the Jabulani Ball was used as the official ball in the 2009, FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. An Afrikan version of the ball called (Jabulani Angola) was introduced during the 2010 Afrikan Cup of nations in Angola. The ball was then used in two other tournaments in Argentina and United States of America in early 2010. So one may be tempted to ask,if the Jabulani Ball was extensively tested in serious tournaments before the 2010 World Cup in South Afrika without any problems, then where are all the complains against the ball now coming from?Your guess is as good as mine.


Now everyone is talking about the Vuvuzela but not everyone is happy about it. There is a speculation that the name Vuvuzela may have been derived from the Zulu language. It is said to be an old piece of musical instrument fashioned like the kudu horn. The Kudus are animals with horns found in the antelope family. The Vuvuzela in present time is shaped like a small trumpet which are blwon by fans at football matches in South Afrika. But it is also used in Brazil where is called Cometa and know by football fans across Latin America. Similar plastic horns is observed as tradition and has been blown for many years at the Quebec Winter Carnival in Canada. So why are some people calling for a ban on Vuvuzela in South Afrika? Well here is what the FIFA President Sepp Blatter had to say on the issue: “I don't see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country. Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country. I have always said that Afrika has a different rhythm, a different sound. Interestingly it is been reported that the sale of Vuvuzela has gone up at some shops in the United Kingdom.What an irony!

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