POLOKWANE. South Africa's national football coach, Joel Santana, has apologized to the country after the team's 0-2 defeat to Chile last night, admitting that he accidentally spent last week teaching the team the lyrics and dance moves to The Macarena instead of tactics. Players said they had not noticed but had been "unnerved" by his constant use of a small ukulele.
Speaking through a translator, Santana conceded that they had been expecting "proper Chileans".
"The Internet told us that proper Chileans wear ponchos and sleep on donkeys all day long," said Santana.
"We cold have taken them if they'd been asleep on donkeys. But these guys were awake and running around and everything. It was very disheartening."
However he said he did not want to make excuses, and blamed himself for the defeat.
He said that Santana's instruction to the strikers – "Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena; que tu cuerpo es pa' darle alegria y cosa Buena" – had sounded "vaguely familiar".