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World Cup: A triumph for Mandela 0

Mandela’s entrance to the Soccer City Stadium last night almost went unnoticed. South African TV channel Sabc1 was about to break for advertising when he arrived to watch the World Cup’s final match. This time he wasn’t wearing South Africa’s shirt, like he did for the Rugby world final 16 years ago, but a coat, hat and gloves.

At the age of 92, Madiba is able to enjoy his country’s success amid the cheers of the 85,000 spectators at the stadium and the 3 billion people watching the match from home.

The powerful men that rule the world of football, like Sepp Blatter, are all smiling. “”Every World Cup has its own history and its own culture. It was a World Cup in a new continent with new culture and therefore it must be analysed on different levels. If you look at the enthusiasm in South Africa and the TV audiences around the world then it was a special World Cup”, said the president of FIFA. “We have had empty seats yes, but not empty stadiums. Don’t forget, 95 per cent of all tickets have been sold,” he added.

From an organizational point of view, this world cup didn’t have any of the defects that one might have expected from a debut like this one. The world cup cost 4 billion Euros and hosted 400 thousand football fans from around the world. One of South Africa’s most important newspapers, the Mail & Guardian, says: “See? No one died. No one was stabbed, no one was kidnapped and no one took a wrong turn into the clutches of a gang of garrotters”. Many had feared that safety would be an issue, but in actual fact nothing went wrong. The head of the police force, Bheki Zeke, is proud of his force “If it hadn’t been for us it wouldn’t have gone so well”. According to the Sunday Independent it is “Africa’s greatest moment”.

By StaffAfronline.org

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