Monthly Archives: June 2014

Double Dutch

In the incinerating heat of Forteleza we witnessed the Mexican wave die down in the last minutes of a sweaty clash between Netherlands and Mexico.

The heat favoured the Mexicans in the first half and it looked to be a Mexican fiesta as the dutch looked out of place.

We saw the first of two cooling breaks in the World Cup with the mercury rising to above 40 degrees celsius and 38 degrees in the shade, even the fans felt the heat as they left their seats during the game to find shade.

Goalless at HALFTIME. The heat seemed to be affecting the pace and energy levels of the players.

After the halftime break The Mexicans got a goal through a snapshot from Dos Santos, his first goal in 2 years.

The dutch began to find form as the sun began to move leaving more shaded areas over the pitch, Robben becoming his menacing self with runs from the left. The Mexican goalkeeper was man of the match for me with fantastic saves pity he was on the losing side today.

With minutes left in the game Wesley Sneijder hit a cracker which Guillermo Ochoa  could not save it would’ve burnt his gloves.

The game looked like it was going into extra time but Robben would not have this as he earned his team a penalty in extra time with substitute Huntelaar converting making the final score….

NETHERLANDS 2-1 MEXICO , A dramatic late Dutch double sees the Netherlands through to WorldCup quarter-finals, a fitting celebration for Dirk Kuyt’s 100th game for Oranje.

In the first ever meeting between Costa Rica and Greece in the World Cup finals it was set for an epic encounter, each team wanting to prove a point.

With young Cambell the key man in the Costa Rican team they seemed to be the favourites to progress and this is what they did.

Goalkeeper Navas was the deciding factor with some great saves during normal and extra time as the game ended 1-1 and went to penalties.

With Costa Rica playing for most of the game with 10 men the Greek Gods could not capitalise on this and lost the game 5-3 on penalties.

So the second quarter final of 2014 World Cup is set it will be Netherlands vs Costa Rica.


So we have reached the 6th month of the year, where has the year gone?  What have I achieved? Have I ticked off my new years resolutions?

All these questions are always asked as we get closer to the end of the year and look back at the year that past, well look no further than inside yourself. You were the one who made the plans, so only you can answer the questions posed above.

We face many challenges in completing the goals we set but we have to believe and have faith in our plans and know that…

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans
I have for you,”
declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you
and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope
and a future.

Whatever plans we make we need to pray about if and place our faith in our higher power, place our hands in the potters hands and believe…

Potters Hands
Beautiful Lord, wonderful Saviour
I know for sure
All of my days are held in Your
And crafted into Your perfect plan
You gently call me into Your
Guiding me by Your Holy Spirit
Teach me, dear Lord, to live all of my
Through Your eyes
I’m captured by Your holy calling
Set me apart
I know You’re drawing me to Yourself
Lead me Lord, I pray
Take me, and mold me, use me, fill
I give my life to the Potter’s Hand
Call me, guide me, lead me, walk
beside me
I give my life to the Potter’s Hand
You gently call me into Your
Guidin’ me by Your Holy Spirit
Teach me dear Lord to live all of my
Through Your eyes
I’m captured by Your holy calling
Set me apart
I know You’re drawing me to Yourself
Lead me Lord, I pray
Take me, and mold me, use me, fill
I give my life to the Potter’s Hand
Call me, guide me, lead me, walk
beside me
I give my life to the Potter’s Hand
Take me, and mold me, use me, fill
I give my life to the Potter’s Hand
Call me, guide me, lead me, walk
beside me
I give my life to the Potter’s Hand
Give Him everything, give Him
Right now give Him everything,
I give it all, Lord
I give it all

Speaking about milestones I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to read all the craziness that flows from my mind, blogging has taken me places if not physically but also spiritually it has opened my mind to the possibilities that is the FUTURE. Dream big and go for it, excellence takes time. I say we all are leaders we just need to believe in ourselves find that passion, ignite the flame and spread our wings and fly on….

Eagles Wings
Here I am waiting, abide in me I
Here I am longing, for You
Hide me in Your Love, bring me to
my knees
May I know Jesus more and more
Come live in me, all my life, take
Come breathe in me, and I will
rise, on Eagle’s Wings
Beutiful Savior Lord i love to feel
your touch
You never forsake me lord you are
your always there
Each passing moment it’s you that
i adore
i love you jesus more and more
and more
Chorus 2X
I can fly i will rise on eagles wings
i will run and not faint away
soar in your ways like an eagle bird
Put my hope and trust in you god
Yeah Yeah

I have reached the 100 post mark, and things are going good at work positive vibes all around, I feel blessed to share a little bit of myself with whoever reads, once again thank you.

Here is to the next 6 months continue to tick off that list remember that you can do it, or rather WE can do it, 2014 is OUR YEAR


Crunch Time


Chile had an amazing group stage as the underdogs to get through the group. With Brazil finishing top of their Group and joint top goal scorer Neymar holding the nations hopes on his shoulders it looked to be an exciting match.

The fans went crazy when David Luiz put the ball into the net from a Neymar cross in the first half.

Chile not sitting back and scored a goal of their own from Sanchez in the first half, it ended 1-1.

The second half saw no goals in a tight contest no one giving way as this was an all or nothing encounter, you lose you go home.

The game went into 30 minutes extra time, this is where the coach’s have to watch their players closely and tactics come into play with the dreaded penalty shootout looming.

Brazil looked more likely to score in extra time but it was not to be with Chile coming close in the dying seconds of the game, Pinilla’s shot hitting the crossbar, this would’ve broken many hearts.

Penalty shootouts it is after 120 minutes of intensity it all comes down to the goalkeepers who will it be to save the day, Bravo vs Cesar.

It was Cesar who came out tops saving 2 penalty shots, it was close as Chile were 2-1 down to make it 2-2 and leaving it to the last shot to lose the game with an unlucky shot from Yara hitting the post and missing.

So it is Brazil into the quarter finals, even Neymars hair felt the pressure though luckily it was only his hair that fell flat.

BRAZIL 3-2 CHILE (PENALTIES) -BRAZIL move on to the quarter-finals after beating CHILE on penalties.

Man of the Match BRAZIL vs CHILE: Julio Cesar.

With Suarez out, Columbia had the chance to upset the Uruguayans and that is exactly what thay did by thumping them 2-0

James Rodriguez scoring a brace with his first goal definitely on my list of Top 10 goals of the tournament. Great control off the chest and a perfect volley into the corner his 4th goal in 4 matches. His second goal making him top goal scorer at the tournament so far, Muller and Neymar behind him on 4 goals a piece. They are all still in the World Cup, should be interesting to see who takes the Golden Boot this year.

The man of the match for me besides Rodriguez was the Columbian goalkeeper, keeping a cleansheet and making some fantastic saves a real match saving performance.

With Uruguay out Suarez has alot to munch on…..

One quarterfinal matchup is set: BRAZIL vs COLUMBIA, Neymar vs Rodriguez.  July 4th, its going to be a cracker.

The knockout stages are really crunchtime I’m loving the beautiful game.

Drawing board

GERMANY, GHANA, PORTUGAL and USA. Only two can remain after 90 minutes. Who will it be?

With today being the last group games of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, We as Africans have 2 teams with the potential to join Nigeria in the second round.

With Ghana up against a Portuguese team needing 5 goals to go through on goal difference if the USA lost to Germany it was more likely for Ghana to go through as all they needed was a win with help from Germany beating USA.

With Germany winning the USA 1-0 from a Muller goal putting him joint top scorer at this years World Cup, it was looking good in favour of Ghana who were drawing against Portugal.

Asamoah Gyan with his 6th World Cup goal is now highest-scoring African in finals, a draw would not be enough though but Ghana put on the pressure until, yes you guessed it Ronaldo, under performing at this years tournament managed to find the net and score his 50 goal for Portugal.

At the end of the 90 minutes it was Germany and the USA standing tall and moving one step closer to lift the Gold come the 13 July 2014
GER 7 pts (+5 GD)
USA 4 pts (0 GD)
POR 4 pts (-3 GD)
GHA 1 pt (-2 GD)

In Group H, Belgium already through to the next round this was to be a game whereby Korea Republic needed to win to advance. On the stroke of half – time it looked like Korea were gifted a life line in the form of a Red card for Steven Defour who was sent off after a tough tackle on Kim Shinwook.

This was not the case though as Belgium with 10 men managed to win the game through a Jan Vertnghen goal off the rebound after a save from Kim Seunggyu in the 78th minute.

In the other game with 2018 World Cup hosts Russia needing a win to advance it looked set as they scored within 6 minutes with a thumping header from Kokorin.

The game did not have much of an entertaining factor but in the 60 minute the Algerians equalised and held onto the draw, this being enough for the number 1 ranked African side to join Nigeria in the 2nd round.

BEL 9 pts (+3 GD)
ALG 4 pts (+1 GD)
RUS 2 pts (-1 GD)
KOR 1 pt (-3 GD)

So we have come to the end of the group stages and now head to the business end of the tournament, with 2 African sides in the knockout stage will we see one of them bring back the gold, the stage is set for an amazing second half.

To the teams that left I guess it’s back to the drawing board and time to rebuild.

Who will be crowned champions come 13 July 2014, let the games continue 😉

Soaring Eagles

All eyes were glued to our screens as the Super Eagles were up against Argentina in the hopes of being the first African team into the last 16.

It was Messi who shone with 2 goals to secure them top spot in Group F, fortunately for Africa Nigeria with 2 goals of their own from Musa, coming back twice from behind still went through as runners up.

Final score 3-2 to Argentina

Is this the beginning of Messi finding his true form and will the Super Eagles sore into the finals, lets wait and see.

Welldone to our first African Team in the last 16.

In the other Group F game Bosnia and Herzgovina got 3 points at their first World Cup against Iran

I think with the defensive play to hold Argentina to a draw made them cocky and they tried a different tactic in this game which did not work,.seeing Bosnia put 3 goals past them.

With Nigeria going through to the next round I think its safe to say Keshi is front runner for the Bafana job sorry Queroz Local is always Lekker ma bru 😀

ARG 9 pts (+3 GD)
NGA 4 pts (0 GD)
BIH 3 pts (0 GD)
IRN 1 pt (-3 GD)

In Goup E I was looking forward to another thriller from the French seeing that they lit up the tournament in their last game but they played to a 0-0 draw against Ecuador. The only highlight being Antonio Valencia recieving a red card either way they were going home.

The other Group E fixture was more exciting though as we saw a Shaqiri hat-trick sealing second place in Group E & a spot in the next round for Switzerland!

World Cup Fact: Shaqiri scores the 50th hat-trick in WorldCup history.

The final score 3-0 against Honduras.

Was it too early for the French Revolution, and will the Swiss Army run rampant in the next round only time will tell.

FRA 7 pts (+6 GD)
SUI 6 pts (+1 GD)
ECU 4 pts (0 GD)
HON 0 pts (-7 GD)

Group of Death

Group D Permutations:
CRC – Win group with win or draw.
ITA – Advance with win or draw.
URU – Advance with win.
ENG – Out.

With these permutations the game to watch was Italy vs Uruguay and it did not disappoint they don’t call this the group of death for nothing. It took Uruguay 81 minutes to get the ball into the back of the net with a goal from their captain Godin, this securing their place into the last 16 and kicking favourites Italy out of the tournament.

After the last game Suarez once again went from hero to zero, with a controversial bite on Italian player Chiellini. I don’t think being hungry for goals meant eating the players too.


The final score in this game was 1-0 to Uruguay

With Columbia already going through as group winners in Group C they will face Uruguay in the next round, luckily for Ivory Coast as we do not want a repeat of 2010 seeing that Suarez is back to his usual tricks.

In the other Group D game, with England already out they made 9 changes to their starting line up, just like Spain I think they are building for Euro 2016.

Costa Rica the surprise package of this group only needed a draw to go though to the next round and this is what they got. They finish the group as group winners.

England would be happy to get away with one point and Rooney scoring his first World Cup goal, they also have some talented youngsters to build around.

CRC 7 pts (+3 GD)
URU 6 pts (0 GD)
ITA 3 pts (-1 GD)
ENG 1 pt (-2 GD)

A draw will be enough to ensure top spot for Colombia. Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan can all still qualify!

These are the permutations for Group C as a African obviously I’ll be supporting Ivory Coast and be hoping Drogba can get his goal to make him the first African player to score in 3 World Cup tournaments.

A win for Ivory Coast would be a great consolation for the Toure brothers in memory of their younger brother who past away in Manchester last week.

Both Greece and Ivory Coast looking for a win to see them move to the round of 16 for either of them.

Karagounis vs Drogba two veterans  who would take thier team into the next round?

It was Greece who struck first in the 33rd minute with Toure’s corner cleared away, counter by the Greeks. Cholevas’ effort hits the post from range the Greek Gods looked to be favouring the Ivorians.

In the 42nd minute though  the tables turned with a Samaris goal if the scoreline stayed 1-0 Greece would go through to the next round.

Second half saw Ivory Coast pile on the pressure will it be enough. This pressure was rewarded with a goal in the 74th minute by Bony.

With Japan out of the running to go through to the next round a draw would favour Ivory Coast but it was not be as a controversial penalty in the 93rd minute gave Greece the winner.

A sad day for Africa so close,  can Ivory Coast become the first African team through to the next round? – This was the question at the start of the game answered with a no at the end of the game.

Final score 2-1 to Greece.

Columbia already through to the next round would be looking for a draw, but a penalty in the 17 minute gave them the lead with a beautiful straight strike from Cuadrado.

Japan got some good chances with  former Man United player Shinji Kagawa and AC Milans new boy Honda coming close in the first half. They did get their equaliser though on the stroke of half time with a diving header from Shinji Okazaki’s making the half time score 1-1

Columbia decided to go for all 3 points  after the break with Jackson Martinez putting Colombia back in the lead, firing into the lower corner in the 55th minute.

In the 82 minute Martinez got a second putting the game out of reach of the Japanese players.

With a clever chip of the ball pass Kawashima, James Rodriguez put his name in the scoresheet in the 90th minute to make the final score 4-1 and firmly put Columbia top of Group C

COL 9 pts (+7 GD)
GRE 4 ps (-2 GD)
CIV 3 pts (-1 GD)
JPN 1 pt (-4 GD)

It doesn’t MATA

So Portugal live to play another day with a draw against the USA they secure a point but are still last in the group of death

Nani scoring after 5 minutes, the USA came back to make it 2 – 1 this would’ve meant another early exit for Ronaldo and the boys but Silvestre Varela scored a last-gasp equaliser as Portugal forced a 2-2 draw with the USA for their 1st point of the tournament.

It is still all to play for as we go into the final group matches, all depends on the result in the game between USA vs Germany a draw would mean both Ghana and Portugal would be out.

Day 13 saw the start of the final games in the group stages with both games in group B kicking off at the same time all eyes were on the Netherlands to see how far they could take their goal tally in the tournament so far, they certainly did not disappoint with a 2 – 0 win over Chile. 

Netherlands were twice losing finalist against Germany and Spain respectively, will this year be third time lucky. With the mixture of youth and experienced players they are looking dangerous with ‘old man’ Kuyt getting on the scoresheet against Chile.

It was a game of pride with both Australia and Spain looking for their first points in this years tournament.

With 7 changes to the Spanish starting line up, I said in my last post that the Spanish bench looks like another first team and this showed as they looked like the Spanish team we all love putting 3 goals past the Socceroos.

Villa, Torres and Mata with the goals. It was Villa’s last match as he retires as Spain’s record scorer with 56 goals. I guess it doesn’t MATA though as both teams are out.

NED 9 pts (+7 GD)
CHI 6 pts (+2 GD)
ESP 3 pts (-3 GD)
AUS 0 pts (-6 GD)

Now our focus turns to Group A to see who will play Netherlands and Chile in the round of 16.

With Cameroon having nothing to play for, already being eliminated they certainly did not come into this game lying down. After their messy last game the indomitable lions needed to restore some African pride but the Brazilian wonder boy was too much for them scoring 2 beautiful goals.

The Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brazilia was a sea of yellow, it looked like the only Cameroon support came from their substitute bench.

“@davidkibuuka: The only supporters Cameroon have in this stadium are their players on the bench #BrazilvsCameroon”


It was Brazil’s 100 World Cup game and who better to score the 100 goal of this years tournament than Neymar with the whole nation’s hope on his shoulder he is certianly living up to that expectation.

Joel Matip leveled things up after Neymar’s fisrt goal making it 1-1 , scoring his first international goal silencing the Brazilian fans, if only for a few minutes though as Neymar scored his second goal.

The second half saw Fred finally getting on the scoresheet at this tournament. Fernandinho coming on as a substitute and putting the cherry on top with a 84th minute goal to make the final score 4-1 and Brazil top group A

The Croatia vs Mexico game looked like it was not living up to expectation with a tense first half, no one breaking the deadlock as the score ended 0-0, if it stayed that way it would favour the Mexicans.

The second half was more entertaining though as Mexico scored 3 goals in 11 minutes with the United man Chicharito getting on the scoresheet after coming on as a super sub, making that the 6th United player to score at this World Cup.

Croatia managed to pull a goal back though in the 87th minute but then had a player sent off after a reckless challange this did not matter though as Brazil and Mexico go through to the last 16 to meet Chile and Netherlands respectively.

BRA 7 pts (+5 GD)
MEX 7 pts (+3 GD)
CRO 3 pts (0 GD)
CMR 0 pts (-8 GD)

A Messi Affair

What a great weekend for Africa in the World Cup….

Day 10 –  saw the Argentinians take on Iran in what was expected to be a thrashing but Queiroz men parked the bus and defended for their lives hoping for a draw. With the half time stats showing 73% ball possesion to Agentina it just shows the attack was on but then again do not take anything away from Iran’s defence.

It took 91 minutes for the little football maestro they call Messi to score a beautiful curler, many teams are scoring more than one goal I guess Argentina are waiting to peak at the right time and unleash the blue see of goals in the next round.

With the final score 1 – 0 I certainly hope they light up the next round….

…with the German machine’s thrashing of Portugal many were putting them up there to win this World Cup but Ghana definitely put a spanner in the works with a fantastic peformance. We could’ve watched this game all night, Prince vs Prince even the two brothers playing for opposite sides said they would fight to the death…and it showed in this game with blood flowing from  Müller at the end after a nasty clash of heads.

This was certainly one of the most entertaining games so far and we have seen many, with it being winter and flu season in South Africa we did not even want to sneeze because that one ACHOO and we might miss a goal.

With this draw it is set up nicely for Ghana to go through lets see what happens in the Portugal vs USA game though, but for Germany it took them one step KLOSE to the last 16. Final score 2-2

The next game saw the Super Eagles line up against Bosnia and Herzegovina

With poor refereeing deyning Dzeko a goal where it was clearly not offside and Nigeria taking advantage through a nice goal from Odemwingie, another controversial goal though but this time the referee got it right.

Too many Vics in this team but still no Victory for Bosnia and  Herzegovina, lets hope the Super Eagles will soar into the last 16. – Final score 1-0 to Nigeria.

Day 11 – After the excitement of the night before, the game between Belgium and Russia was a boring affair, I guess the Bulgarians were too under pressure to perform with the King and Queen watching, even the fans were sleeping. I was expecting Russia to perform well seeing that they hosting the next World Cup. Good thing Belgium won 1-0 though imagine Russia vs Boznia, the commentator will have a nightmare game pronouncing all those Kov’s and Vic’s hahaha

The next game was certainly not boring as France…uh I mean Algeria took on South Korea.

With Algeria being  linked to French legend Zidane and current striker Benzema through parents nationalities,  can you blame me for thinking France has two teams in this World Cup.

A 6 goal thriller with Algeria showing why they are Africa’s number 1 team, 3 goals in the first half.

This did not stop them Ho’s from coming and scoring a goal from their first shot in the second half. (Sorry bad/sic joke).

Algeria replied with another goal in the second half though making the final score 4-2. Is this the African team that will make us proud? Only time will tell as we get closer to the crucial stage of the World Cup.

If Portugal lose tonight against USA, they are OUT! If America win, they will progress to the Round of 16 – This is the connotations, setting up and exciting encounter. Can Ronaldo save his team from further embarrassment?

God Save This Team…

A do or die encounter between England and Uruguay, I was backing England but it was not to be as the villian of 2010 strikes again this time with the help of his Liverpool teammate captain fantastic Stevie G.

Confused??? Ok let me take you out your misery Suarez scored two fantastic goal, being a doubtful starter with a knee injury, his second goal coming from a nice header from Steven Gerrard…mistake or not, it will still be a talking point at Liverpool pre season training.

One good thing that came out of this game was Rooney finally getting his World Cup goal. At this point I was getting excited for an England comeback but it was not to be…..even God could not save this team.

Maybe its the weather though with the England team complaining of the heat in there first game in Manaus…seeing that we going to Russia in 2018 this might be their year the youngsters are looking good though.

The final score 2-1 Uruguay breaking England Fans Harts.

Day 9 saw the Greek Gods favour Ivory Coast as Greece drew 0-0 against Japan, could this be our African team in the Last 16…the game between Ivory Coast vs Greece is going to be exciting.

The English were hoping for an Italian win but the Costa Ricans put the nail in the coffin with a 1-0 win over Italy in the group of death.

It was too little to late for the Swiss army as the French revolution literally slaughtered them with a 5-2 thrashing.

It could have been worse as Benzema missed a penalty and got a goal dissallowed when the referee blew the whistle after extra time.

This was an one of the most exciting game of this World Cup so far an all out attacking game final stats France 22 shots vs Switzerland 17 shots.

Benzema was on top form lets see them in the next round, this is a totally different team to the one that played in South Africa 2010.

Honduras 1 vs Ecuador 2  -With Valencia’s Ecuador taking on Honduras they won with 2 goals from the wrong Valencia on the scoresheet, yes I am a United fan so sue me :-D….but if that one bra from Honduras scored another one it could’ve been COSTLY.

Now we looking foward to Ghana taking on the German Machine….Africa Unite 😉


Day 7 of the 2014 Fifa World Cup will be remembered for that nasty elbow from Song but most of all for the exit of Espana, 2010 World Champs.

In my previous post I made the prediction of 2-1 to South Korea…luckily im not a betting man because it was a draw 1-1 between Russia and South Korea.

With Robben and Van Persie on your team you are bound to score goals and with 5 goals against former World Champs Spain this was a game we were all looking forward to.

This was not an easy game though against the Socceroos with Tim Cahill scoring a cracker, it could be a potential goal of the tournament. Pity the next game will be their last game of this tournamant after losing 3-2 to Oranje, once again Van Persie on the scoresheet. As a United fan I am looking forward to the next English Premier League season welcome Louis Van Gaal :-D.

I think Spain are officially the ‘Slaansake’ of this World Cup going down 2-0 to a more vibrant Chile side, they were hungry to win.

With a potential bonus of 7.5 million bonus per player if they won the World Cup again, this did not even help with the lacklustre performance of the Spanish players, there passing game was missing, I think they need to rebuild and focus on the youth, the substitutes on paper looked like another first team hope we see more in their last game.

I don’t know why it was a surprise though I mean Bafana beat them in a friendly, I guess the sangoma’s cursed them seeing that Bafana could not qaulify.

Will the real La Rocha please stand up? – Chile definitely put their name in the pot to go far in this tournament. Welldone to Netherlands and Chile, The first 2 teams in the last 16.

Day 8 saw the The Indomitable Lions take on Croatia another team with tired legs and minds this was Etoooo much for them with Croatia beating them 4-0.

A tough encounter with blood floowing looked like Modrić just got out of the EFC Hexagon after the game with his bloody nose. That nasty Elbow from Song on Mandzukic would definitly get him a title shot in the EFC :-D.

We say farewell to our first African Team to exit the World Cup not a good way to go out though lets make the last game a better Song.

Another African team to lose was The Elephants from Ivory Coast with Drogba looking to be the first player to score in 3 World Cups it was not to be though but Gervinho scored a brilliant individual goal.

Apparently there is a player from Ivory coast who is faster than Usain Bolt over 50 metres -What BOLLY is that, this I want to see, can we organise this race please :-D.

The final score 2-1 to Columbia with 3 goals in the space of 9 minutes 63, 70 and 73rd minute respectively.

Ivory Coast still has a chance to go to the last 16, we are hoping the African Sagoma’s can beat the powers of the Greek Gods.

With the next game on the cards from the group of death we see United vs Liverpool, Uruguay vs England, Rooney vs Suarez who will come on top?

England fans would be upset Howard Webb  is not the referee in this game though but it looks promising, a do or die encounter I am actually hoping England win, no predictions though I’ll leave that to the pro’s…

Adios Espana