If you've watched any of the Confederations Cup soccer matches, you're now familiar with the vuvuzela -- a plastic horn popular among sports fans in South Africa. The sound of the vuvuzela starts before the opening kick, and drones on for the full 90 minutes. Some teams and announcers have complained about the noise. Dutch coach Bert Van Marwijk says the vuvuzela makes it almost impossible to communicate with players on the field. I don't mind the vuvuzela, but my wife finds the noise to be so annoying that she can't watch the games. That's going to be a problem next year when the World Cup comes to South Africa, because I really don't want to miss any of those games. Despite some cries to ban the vuvzela, it seems to be an important element of the game for South African crowds. According to international soccer organization FIFA, "South Africa's sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile and then-finance minister Trevor Manuel led the chorus of vuvuzelas in the presence of dignitaries and members of the media from across the globe" when South Africa was awarded the World Cup. Do you enjoy the vuvuzela? Have a listen.
Vuvuzela -- the controversial plastic horn of South Africa
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