by Faith Ongeziwe Qinga
I was looking forward to trying something different this month, having nail art on one of my fingers as compared to my usual plain nails. This was motivated by the match between the super eagles and the boys last Wednesday.
Whilst I was soaking off my acrylics, we were deeply engaged in matters of national importance with my nail guy. I had a pretty decent Nigerian accent as I was telling him how “the boys will beat you nice tonight”. He laughed hysterically and even called his friends to come listen to which players to look out for, “we gonn beat you nice ooh, den we bring back the cup. We took out the hosts man, now all is left is for us is to beat you nice den all competition is eliminated, call us AFCON champion!” I said radically.
I predicted a 2-1 defeat and told them to watch out for the national treasure, Thembinkosi Lorch who will score again, the snipper, Percy Tau who will score the winning goal to seal the victory. I said the super eagles will only be able to score a consolation goal. They then mentioned all their star players and boasted how they’re playing abroad. I could only think of Zungu and Tau at the top of my head. “This is AFCON so we’re at an advantage because we’re playing on African soil. Your international experience will not help here.” I counteracted their boast.
“Lorch was trained nice by Dance Masilela at Chippa United, he gonn show you Eastern Cape diski. We’ll beat you nice” I chanted with pride. Thereafter, my nail guy challenged me to do nail art of the flag of the team that wins the match. I agreed with ease because I had so much confidence in the boys, but now the jokes on me.
How do I show face in a salon full of jovial champs? My nails are a mess, so I will have to negotiate which flag he can put for nail art.