While we here were celebrating Heroes Day, our friends in South Africa were blowing those obnoxiously loud horns in the streets of Jozi in honour of Vuvuzela Day. With just hours to go before the kick-off match between SA and Mexico, I can only imagine the excitement over there.

I was in Cape Town when SA took  the last World Cup Rugby title, and if that pandemonium (people streaking on rooftops, complete strangers doing silly dances in the streets) is anything to go by, World Cup celebrations this year are going to be huge.

There was some derision when the country used the benevolent wrinkly face of iconic statesman Mandela to win the bid as hosts of this year’s FIFA. There was doubt that the stadia would be built in time; or that the (numerous) muggers and hobos would be cleaned off the streets before foreigners saw the truth.  There was also the xenophobia scares. And there was outrage when FIFA chose a non-African Shakira ripping off an African song whose words she can barely pronounce to sing their official song.

But we’re past all that now. The moment is here.

I’ve got my vuvuzela and K’Naan on repeat and even though Drogba and Essien might not play, I’ll still be watching and yelling and making a fool of myself. Because more than the songs and politics, it’s about the game, the actual tournament. My lovely boss is letting us off early enough to watch the South Africa-Mexico game tomorrow at 5 😀 Woohoo!! Go Msanzi!!!

join the madness!


2 responses »

  1. I can only imagine what Cape Town during the Rugby WC must have been like. I was in Cape Town during the 2002 World Cup. A couple of natives I was with suggested going to the mall to watch the game – think it was South Africa vs Spain. Anyway, at the mall they had a huge screen, I dont know, maybe 100 inches or so – the kind designed for sports bars – they had one hang up so that you could follow the game from just about any floor you were on. The game went back and forth, but they were edged out 3-2, but it was crazy up in there. Hardly anyone was shopping, fans came drapped with RSA flags, some with painted faces, they had mini-horns (vuvuzelas were not permitted inside) and the whole atmosphere gave a feeling of being inside a stadium, but nope, it was a mall, not even outdoors, but a mall.

    I’ll be watching tomorrow’s opening game at work – will be getting in early just to do that (7am, arghh, time-zone differences killin’ us), but I’m choosing to watch it from work instead of home, coz I can congregate with pretty much all the immigrants who work here that still enjoy football/soccer, and watch Mexico take on South Africa – and boy do we have loads of Mexican and Mexican-Americans here. It should be fun.

    Enjoy. I know I will.

  2. That experience sounds crazy!! yeah they’re good at hyping things (exhibit A: the MTN world cup ads!)
    Time difference sucks, but I see you’re willing to make the sacrifice…kudos 😀
    Enjoy the games!

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