Goal.com is in Bloemfontein for South Africa’s final Confederations Cup group match against European champions Spain and, once again, Vuvuzela’s are the order of the day…Vuvuzela’s have been a big part of South African football for a long time, and they will undoubtedly be a huge part of next year’s FIFA World Cup.
Some fans, especially those tuning into the games in other countries, have complained about the ‘strange noise’, but what do the journalists watching in the stands think about the cacophonous fan trumpets?
“It would be like taking away the essence of a place and its people. I admit it gets loud sometimes, but I have enjoyed it because it is part of the passion of South African people,” freelance cameraman Rubin told Goal.com.
Adam from South African television and radio group SABC said, “The Vuvuzela’s will always be there, I can understand how the foreign journalists and viewers overseas find them a bit irritating because they are not used to them, but they are synonymous with football in this country, and I hope they will come to appreciate the significance of the fan trumpet.”
Juan, a delegate with FIFA at the stadium said, “It is quite a noise, but once the game is on and you are concentrating on the teams, and getting into the atmosphere, it is actually enjoyable to see the local people supporting the teams in their unique way.”
Volunteer Sizwe cannot stand the Vuvuzelas. “They are too much to handle on a daily basis. I am loving the volunteer work and helping people throughout the stadium, but it would be better if the Vuvuzela’s were kept to a minimum. I don’t think they should be banned, just not used as much as they are.”
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com