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Multiple shadows and a Bafana judge

Nandos, the fast food chain, just saved a lot of money. They had offered free food to all Mexican supporters if South Africa won the opener, writes Dhiman Sarkar.

sports Updated: Jun 14, 2010 01:47 IST
Dhiman Sarkar

Nandos, the fast food chain, just saved a lot of money. They had offered free food to all Mexican supporters if South Africa won the opener. Having publicly made such an offer by way of self-promotion, don't blame them if they said ‘thank god’ when Rafael Marquez equalised after Siphiwe Tshabalala had put the hosts ahead. At a time when it is difficult to remember one advertisement from another, given that they all talk about the WC, this one was different. And a winner.

My four-shadows

More on advertisements and the WC. McDonald's, an official FIFA partner, are highlighting their player-escort programme with one that talks of a young African boy's dream of having his own “four-shadows.” The boy plays football in the neighbourhood and says he knows only the best get one. Then he becomes a player-escort and there he is on a football pitch basking under the lights. And with his own ‘four-shadows’, made by the four floodlight
towers at the ground.

Import anger

National Flag is aflutter with rage. Reason: home-made products are being given the short shrift. An official of the Johannesburg-based company which makes flags and mirror socks said products made in Germany and China had flooded the market. Not quite in sync for a WC that's supposed to be “this time for Africa”.

Judge in colour

North Gauteng High Court had a dash of colour on the day the WC opened. Willem van der Merwe, the Deputy Judge President, came to work in a Bafana Bafana shirt, abandoning the more staid judicial gear, according to a local newspaper.

Survey picks Brazil

Culling statistics from recent national team performances and claiming their inference is based on scientific insight, a survey claimed what most of the world hopes will happen — Brazil are tipped to win their sixth WC.

How To Win The World Cup claims to have examined the DMA (Defence, Midfield and Attack) of all the 32 qualifiers and claims at 23.4 pc, Brazil have the best chance to go all the way. At 17 pc, Spain are second and England next at 10.3 pc. The survey though was done before England stumbled against the USA.

And if you thought this was bizarre enough, wait till you hear this. The survey also claims to have a found a link between the colour of a goalkeeper's jersey and his chances of saving a penalty.