And of course when I went on air, I repeated my ridiculously optimistic promise. The scenes above took place before my weekly appearance on eTV Sunrise. Hairy, but necessary.
I'd spoken to Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund on the Early Breakfast, he'd sounded so confident, so happy about his "Dream Team" as they prepared for the African Cup of Nations, which kicks off on January 19 at Soccer City.
|Cutting edge: Sunrise's Desiree the depilator|
Katlego Mphela, the man who suffered sore Kneeskens until Johan left Mamelodi Sundowns, nearly got an early goal but there was nothing Itumeleng Khune could do when Tarik Elyounoussi, the Norwegian captain (ironically a Moroccan who moved to Scandinavia aged 12), scored the only goal four minutes before half-time.
Mphela, still showing signs of ring rust after his long injury lay-off, was replaced in the second-half but even with all three of his other strikers on, Igesund's Bafana couldn't produce an equaliser, let alone a winner.
Thusa Phala, the unknown Platinum Stars midfielder, was voted man of the match for his second half destruction of the young Viking left back... but he, like Majoro, Parker and Rantie, failed to find the net despite numerous chances.
Igesund produced some brave after match comments after a depressing defeat, insisting: "We will be hard to beat at AFCON, I'm disappointed but I still believe we are starting to show our worth as a unit."
As Gordon's greatest fan, I have to say that's a little optimistic. With Algeria to come in the final friendly in Johannesburg on Saturday, it's cheeky outsider Cape Verde at Soccer City to open AFCON on January 19. The Group A fixtures will be completed by games against Angola and Morocco at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
|Close shave: with Sindy Mabe|
Captain Bongani Khumalo gave a more realistic appraisal of the situation, confessing: "We have a lot of work to do," but in his public school English, he added: "We will be ready by January 19."
Sadly, my hair won't. My spirit of optimism, forged in the face of bickering, negative Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs fans complaining about the composition of Gordon's Bafana - I'm not sure Andile Jali, Sifiso Myeni or Sundowner Teko Modise would really have made a difference - has taken a serious knock.
But hey, hair today, gone tomorrow I say. I continue to trust Gordon. At least until half-time against the minnows from the volcanic islands 250 miles west of Africa. And having been compared to Chester Missing, Ed Jordan and Kojak after my barbaric haircut, I have to say, optimism grows on you.
|Spot the bald: at the eTV studios in Hyde Park, Joburg|
So I wear my "chiskop" with pride, charging R5 to charity for every passing slap on my shaven pate. And I'd gladly do it again. Thanks Desiree, the ETV Sunrise make-up lady who had never shaved a head in her life.
And thank you future president Sindy Mabe for removing the hair from my eyes during the interview. Thanks Neo Monyetsane and Pholoho Selebano for making me live up to my promise.
Sooner or later, the missus will forgive me. Until then, I will be saving on the shampoo and hair-drier.
And if we get to the final on February 10 and lose to the Ivory Coast, Zambia, Ghana or Nigeria, I'll happily do it all again.