Experiencing the World Cup

I’ve been meaning to write about this since the weekend, just hadn’t gotten a chance. Here goes…

I had the privilege of experiencing the opening to the 2010 World Cup in the township of Soshenguve with a few friends. They have public viewing areas scattered around SA, which is awesome cus they’re free to attend! The night of the opening match (SA vs. Mexico), I saw some of the most incredible things ever. Over 50,000 people crammed in front of two big screens to watch Bafana Bafana (the SA team, which means, “the boys”) score the first goal of the tournament. It was ELECTRIC. Vuvuzelas EVERYWHERE, people dancing, singing, one dude was crying… unreal.

There’s something magical about sport. It does something for unity and reconciliation. I don’t know why. I don’t really understand how a tournament can have this kind of affect. Granted, I’m writing from a limited view of the rest of the country (Pretoria), but what I’ve experienced in THIS city of SA has been remarkable. It’s been a fun time to be alive in Pretoria these last several days. I look forward to the rest of the tournament.

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