Been Good Folks, But Crann I Go Now?
As Long As I Live I’ll Be Screaming At My TV Whenever A South African National Team Plays
by Joe Crann
Apr 29, 2020 12:15 PM
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As goes the cliché, all good things must come to an end…
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It’s still surreal to me that, after growing up watching Lucas Radebe in my first ever live game, ‘Rhoo’ has sent me Happy Birthday messages now. And to think that Benni is now a guy I can call up and spend 45 minutes on the phone with… Crazy!
The way I was welcomed in South Africa is something that I will never be able to wrap my head around – I love this place with all my heart. I have to give a massive thank you to everybody who has played a role in my story so far – whether it be the players, the coaches, the agents and officials, my colleagues, and, of course, all the fans that I’ve interacted with over the years. Walking away from all of this was not an easy thing to do, trust me.
It’s not been all fun and games, mind you… I’ve had my scrapes in the past, but that’s what happens when you’re trying to get news that some people don’t want you to know about. But my reputation is all I have, and I like to think that – even after the arguments – I leave South Africa with a pretty good one.
And when I’m freezing in a football stadium in the north of England wrapped up in 15 layers of clothing, I’ll think back to watching Mamelodi Sundowns in the glaring Tshwane sun, those lovely summer evenings at Bidvest Stadium, and I’ll smile to myself and think of all that I’ve seen and done in one of the most remarkable countries that you could ever wish to live in.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s not a goodbye, but a farewell, because South Africa has imprinted itself on my heart and soul, and there’s absolutely no possibility that I won’t be back again.
Look, I’ve landed myself a dream job back home in England, a job that I would never have forgiven myself for had I turned it down, but that doesn’t mean that my story here is over…
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