‘Be careful (of) what you wish for ‘cause you just might get it,’ goes a song that I used to like a lot, by the Pussycat Dolls. Mind you, I said I liked the song, not the Dolls. There’s nothing wrong with them, but I just want to make it clear.
Anyway, their wonderful song taught me a very important lesson, that of being circumspect with what I wish for because, like I had to find out a few years ago, it sometimes does become reality. What happened a few years ago is not important, but what is, is what happened this past weekend. A lot went right for me, from Bafana Bafana’s qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations, to the Gauteng All Stars Games and the Banyana Banyana stars I got to meet at Tsakane stadium, including former captain Portia Modise. All of this after writing last week about how I wish to see some of them, not least Jermaine Seoposenwe, who I also got to see and speak to.
I also got to speak to one of the event’s protagonists and current Banyana captain, Janine van Wyk, her gorgeous teammate Refiloe Jane, and their coach Desiree Ellis, although meeting Ellis again did not excite me as much, having already met her last year.
There were other more important matters, of course, like Percy Tau’s two wonder strikes that sent the men’s team on their way to Egypt after beating Libya in their final AFCON 2019 qualifier in Sfax, Tunisia on Sunday. I had also written about how I wish for the T20 International series between the Proteas and Sri Lanka to end as quickly as possible because of how boring the visitors have been. Not too long after that, their third and final match was interrupted by rain, which meant the infamous Duckworth-Lewis method had to be used, which meant the Sri Lankan innings had to be truncated, which meant an early finish. Early in the context of the game because they had to chase their revised target in 17 overs, but not the actual time. But I couldn’t care less, not when I had football to watch.
Also encouraging was the sight of my call for the Bulls to be brought back down to earth, not falling on deaf ears, as the Chiefs turned on the style at Loftus and hammered them 56-20. This after my beloved Lions scored six tries to beat the Sunwolves 37-24 in Singapore and move to the top of the South African Conference log, while the Stormers also lost to Kiwi opposition in the form of the Hurricanes in Wellington.
May this serve as evidence, ladies and gents, that power not only lies in the tongue but also in the typing fingers.