We’re through the first round of matches in the group stages and things are about to get serious. ANTOINETTE MULLER wraps up the action from day three and four. There’s a special look at Bafana’s capitulation, too.
The first round of group fixtures is done and dusted, but the tournament hasn’t exactly set any hearts racing. Slow starts are normal in tournaments, of course, but even the quality of football has been found lacking.
The most “exciting” thing that has happened has been Gervinho’s meltdown during Ivory Coast’s match against Guinea. With the Elephants 0-1 down after half-time, Gervinho decided to slap Alhassane Keita.
It was, without a doubt, a straight red. Instead of shutting up and walking off the pitch, Gervinho threw a tantrum. Kicking, screaming and crying about his punishment. Like a naughty child, he tried to pick a fight with the opposition players who watched, stunned, while ever-the-statesman Yaya Toure intervened. Gervinho was escorted off, still protesting and seemingly intent on embarrassing himself as much as possible.
But that has nothing to do with the actual football. At this stage, nobody looks like a certain winner. At a push, some of that can be put down to…
Source : Daily Maverick