Sunday, June 13, 2010

What a Game

Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the opening ceremony & the first game between Bafana Bafana & Mexico at the Calabash (= Soccer City) but I watched a taped version on TV afterwards - as most people did world-wide, so what I'm sharing on this blog today has been watched "before" but represents my version of events.

The traffic
all around Joburg was an absolute chaos on Friday, 11 June, & most people wishing to attend the opening ceremony were late because of it.

The opening ceremony was "magic" - a calabash within THE Calabash! Symbolically very significant.

And an "image" I love - the African continent featuring footprints because: we are all Africans = humans "originated" in Africa.

However I had the privilege of attending Match 5 on Saturday evening, 12 June, at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg featuring the game between the US of A & England.

The lovely African-themed "signage" next to a very green soccer pitch! After all seeing such green grass (instead of dry, colourless grass) in winter in South Africa is also like magic.

Before the start of the game, the players come out for a warm-up on the field.

The 2 teams line up for the National Anthems just before the start of the game - a colourful "image".

"Game on"! I guess with the deafening sound of thousands of Vuvuzelas blowing during the matches & which the rest of the world watching the action is becoming "accustomed" to, "sign-language" (instead of shouting instructions) is becoming the norm on the field!? :)

THE PHOTO I'm very proud of having "captured" - the "fumbled" goal by England &: the USA scores!!

[Just click on the photo to enlarge]

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