Vuvuzelas helped Bafana Bafana again
Posted: 25 May 2010 Time: 11:32 am
Bulgaria mentor Stanimir Stoilov has become the latest coach to admit that the vuvuzela is an intimidating 'weapon'.
Less than a fortnight ago Thailand mentor Byran Robson complained about the deafening noise that the South African instrument makes when blown, saying that he could not even communicate with his players on the field. The Bulgarians had a sizeable crowd backing them last night but their efforts were drowned by the noise from the vuvuzelas which seemed to inspire Bafana Bafana. Complaints about the use of vuvuzelas at the World Cup were rejected by FIFA during last year's Confederations Cup after it proved hostile to the Europeans. "I also had problems in communicating with my players because of the noise. But then I understand that this is a South African tradition that we have to live with for as long as we are coming to play them here," says Stoilov. Switching to the game that finished 1-1, he admitted Bafana were the better team on the night even though his strategy was to absorb whatever Bafana threw at them. "It was an interesting game and both teams played good tactically without thinking much about the final result. This was a good game for the players on the field of play. But I have to admit that the South African team was the better team and I see the result as being fair. "I would also want to thank the South African Football Association for the great hospitality and wish them all the best at the World Cup," the 43-year-old coach added.