Afrique du Sud- A Cameroonian player has blamed the Adidas designed synthetic Jabulani ball for their 1-0 defeat against Japan. This heaped on a string of ball blaming incidents first by Tanzania's keeper Muharami Mohammed during their friendly defeat against Brazil , Algerian coach Madjid Bougherra following a 1-0 defeat against the perceived underdogs Slovenia finally leading Nigeria's Dickson Etuhu remarks 'it's difficult to know where the ball will go after kicking it.'.
FIFA has so far dismissed the claims asserting the ball was available for practice as far back as February. An official also noted the Germans did not complain after their 4-1 thrashing of the Aussies but one Nigerian football commentator Oba Babatunde Ngaido countered
"that's a football made in Germany what did you expect."
"If anybody has any complaints about the Jabulani they should file an official complaint just like the Europeans did for the Vuvuzela. So far i haven't seen one on my desk" said Sepp Blatter defending the 2010 ball.
the ball at the center of the World Cup [blame] game captured in a far right Post corner ." FIFA should do enough.A level playing field will only be achieved with a football made in Africa- not just an African name. After all this is our time"said the CAF President Issa Hayatou a native of Garoua, Cameroon
"You all know am a darling of Africa that's why i wholly supported the Kick Racism Out Of Football campaign and eventually brought the World Cup to you but people you have to understand it's a bit late to change the ball at this point of the tournament" added Blatter wiping his brow in exasperation.
Though Afro haters would be wrong to suggest it's only Africans who are calling for a ball change it should be noted that star players like David James(England), Mark Schwarzer(Austaralia), Iker Cassilas(Spain) and Gianluigi Buffon(Italy) are in support.
"That's a cheat the last four are goal keepers. Go fool an American and for the record, nothing personal but i think the Italian keeper is an old buffoon" said Brian Chadwick an English fan, three days after their disappointing 1-1 draw against the United States.
Reached for comment the US Coach Bob Bradley said the blame game should stop quoting the Truman classic 'the buck stops here'.
He also reiterated he still expected a repeat of the 1950 1-0 defeat against England, 60 years ago [should they meet again].
"We will fight this war with everything we've got for as long as it takes" concluded Coach Bradley at a press conference in Pretoria.