Holiday blues | Chief problem is the stores

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The Chiefs' logo, patterned after that of the NASL's erstwhile Atlanta Chiefs. Link to Business Day article.Johannesburg | Players for traditional South African powers Kaizer Chiefs of Soweto might be planning a “stay-at-home Christmas” due to poor recent form, according to Business Day. The Chiefs stand in a tie for sixth in the 16-team Premier league, although just eight points adrift of leading Orlando Pirates with a game in hand. Chiefs have also fared poorly in domestic cup competitions. “We cannot go to restaurants because the waiters do not serve us and instead want to know what is going on,” said midfielder John “Shoes” Moshoeu of the side, which has won back-to-back Premiership titles.

A simple trip to the shops becomes a problem because the cashiers also do not give us the goods we want. And, to make matters worse, even my grandmother wants to know what is going on when I go home.

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John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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