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On day one of the World Cup we brought you the word vuvuzela, the plastic horn that is creating such a special atmosphere at the South African World Cup. Today, another word special to this competition, jabulani. The jabulani is the new ball being used at the tournament, the word means ‘rejoice‘ in Zulu. But the ball, made by Adidas, is not being rejoiced by some, who say that it’s flight through the air is unpredictable or that it is too light. Last night, Kawashima, Japan’s goalkeeper missed a straightforward looking save and his defenders have been quick to say that it was the jabulani moving at the last minute. Another goalkeeper, David James of England, has also criticised the ball, but he added that it was the same for everyone – a much more balanced opinion. The jabulani.

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