The 2010 FIFA World Cup best highlights the vuvuzela’s existence. Also known as Iepatata Mambu and stadium horn, it is a plastic contraption that produces a monotonous note. Traditionally created with the kudu horn in mind, the Vuvuzela was employed to call distant villagers for community gatherings. The term vuvuzela was first coined in South Africa from the Zulu language meaning to make a vuvu sound. Its origins remain an open discussion since many continue to claim the invention.
The horn further gained popularity when it hit the floor of football stadiums—particularly during one of the biggest football events that take place every four years. It has become the accessory of choice for football spectators and enthusiast at the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa.
The Vuvuzela’s ability to produce an ear-spitting sound, and the ease in which it can be personalized by its users, means the instruments have great potential to either annoy or hype up the game. Either way, majority of football fans seemed to love and appreciate the horn.
However, its ability to create annoyance is one that led to near-prohibition in the event six years ago. Besides annoying fans, players, and commentators, Vuvuzelas proved to be another contender for the top spot of infuriating factors during the much-awaited event.
Here are a number of factors that almost put an end to the ever-iconic instrument:
- Vuvuzelas can be used as weapons
True enough, there are fans out there crazy enough to turn these harmless horns into something lethal. As foolish as it may sound, hooliganism was taken out of the picture, but all it takes is one individual to light the fire and vuvuzelas make for perfect legal artillery that can be brought inside stadiums.
- Vuvuzelas overpower support
True enough; the noise these horns make is largely irrelevant to the game. Singing, shouting, and chants are believed to be more powerful tools that elevate players as well as fans. The natural support that emphasizes on unity, creativity, and coordination is of paramount importance here. But tradition of South African football says otherwise, which is something that was also considered by the football association.
- Vuvuzelas kill concentration
For the most part, it’s the players and commentators that take the toll here. While the latter may not as concerning, the players get the shorter end of the stick. A certain sports betting review by Redbet Casino stated that some football stars even claimed to hate the Vuvuzela including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. These guys aren’t strangers to crazy football arena atmospheres, and the fact that the say that the sound takes their concentration away should took the issue to another level.
- Vuvuzelas create supporter confusion
In football, supporters act as every team’s 12th man. Having the home advantage is huge, but for African sides, there is no known home advantage. Supporters might be sporting their team colors, but they’re still blowing the same pitch and the same horn as the opposition supporters; hence, there is no actual home advantage here. Basically, it’s all white noise as soon as you blow on the horn.