Moving the goalposts, foul play, refereeing blunders and own goals. Will our politicians ever achieve the goals the Nepali people set for them? As the wrangling drags on, it's all too easy to turn away in disgust and towards the rather more goal-oriented strategic play that will dominate the TV screens of the world for the month to come.
In fact, football fans across the country are sure to expend much of their mental energies debating the rights and wrongs of the men in shorts.
This is not to grant our politicians yet another opportunity to fritter away our collective future. The excitement of South Africa's achievement will not mask the failure of our own.