Tuesday, June 22, 2010

France Exits

I was preparing for my Strategy class and the issue of “contingency planning” came to mind. In any dynamic environment, it is always advisable to have alternative strategies in case the “unexpected” (i.e. a contingency) occurs. So even in the case of England’s World Cup campaign – Capello has been magnificently myopic that England’s success will come from Rooney and that he has not even considered what might happen if he does not score goals. If there is only Plan A, then what happens when it does not work? That’s where Plan B comes into play. The fact of the matter is that in this World Cup month, Capello’s England have scored just one goal (thanks to Gerrard) in 180 minutes of largely forgettable football. If Capello had attended my Strategy class – certainly he will have a Plan B. And England may not have found herself in dire straits right now!

Today was also Taman Indrahana Toastmasters’ last club meeting for this term. There were no project speeches, but instead, Kay Wong had decided to have one marathon session of Table Topics. I was the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening – a last-minute replacement for Dr. Choong.

South Africa defeated dispirited France 2-1 and thereby ensured that the latter made a disgraceful exit from the WC tournament. And because Uruguay beat Mexico 1-0, this also means that South Africa will similarly exit the tournament because of inferior goal difference to Mexico. So Uruguay and Mexico are into the last 16 of the World Cup. Hmmm, with France gone, that leaves me with just Germany to support.

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