At the start of the World Cup many saw the South African team’s chances of excelling in the tournament as slim to non-existent. The country started the World Cup ranked 83rd and it was widely predicted that they would become the first host nation not to proceed past the Group Stages.
In the end, those fears were proved correct. But from the moment Siphiwe Tshabalala scored his thunderous first goal in the opening match against Mexico, to Bafana’s domination and 2-1 defeat over France in their last group match, Bafana Bafana showed great dignity in their ultimate loss.
Following their team’s progress were the fans who proved to be the true highlight of the tournament. They remained defiant to the last, partying and celebrating their team’s performances because of, or even in spite of the results on the pitch.
In the end, as Sepp Blatter, the FIFA President, inferred both South Africa and Spain were the ulitmate winners of this year’s tournament. If the enthusiasm, passion and welcoming spirit shown by South Africans of all different backgrounds during the World Cup is the standard measure of its success. Then Sepp Blatter was absolutely right.
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