There is nothing that compares to that sinking feeling when your team has just been kicked out of a World Cup. You have that vacant, distant look in your eye, your stomach is churning, and the tears are welling up inside. You know, sooner or later, you will get over it, and the sun will shine. But for that moment, all seems lost …
Seeing the Proteas men’s and women’s teams crash out of the ICC World Twenty20 was devastating. Both teams went to the Caribbean with such hope and promise, but they left empty-handed. The online world has been abuzz with fans venting their disappointment and frustration at the teams’ inability to progress to the knock out stages of the competition.
Women’s cricket desperately needs consistent good results in order to attract top sponsors. At the same time, they need to play international cricket regularly in order to be competitive against their international counterparts, especially at world events.
What has come out for me from these two teams performances at the ICC World T20 is that, whatever the case, win or lose, I will always support my team.
This is not to say that we can gloss over what happened and just move forward. Hard conversations need to be had, relevant individuals need to take responsibility and a way forward needs to be charted to ensure things improve substantially in future World Cup events.
As supporters, our role is to be there in good times and in bad. It is not easy when we are staring defeat in the face, but it is not impossible.
With the spotlight turned now on Bafana Bafana, the nation needs to rise up and back the boys, without putting undue pressure on them. The host nation always has it tough despite the home ground advantage.
Everywhere they go, everything they do, will be watched carefully and people will freely voice their opinions on team selections, level of national pride and, mostly, performances.
With exactly 30 days to go to the FIFA World Cup, I can barely contain myself. I wear my South Africa gear as often as I can and I can feel this huge tsunami of patriotism about to explode on 11 June 2010 when the dream becomes a reality.
100% Behind Bafana Bafana!!!