Monday, July 12, 2010

An emotional end to the World Cup 2010

Amsterdam was a massive sea of orange last night and I believe, most of South Africa was too. Once Bafana Bafana were out of the tournament, most South Africans decided to adopt Holland as their country to support. Probably to do with our Dutch roots?
Tension was in the air and it was the most stressful and nerve-wracking game I have ever watched.
Holland is in mourning today. Our boys in orange played like heroes and didn't let the constant stream of yellow cards phase them. In the end Spain won - by the skin of their teeth. It wasn't a glorified victory. Perhaps just a lucky streak at the end? Maybe it has to do with Octopus Paul's predictions? Who knows?
Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima were in the stadium and Madiba was present for the closing ceremony. The Dutch fans kept their cool and maintained dignity and support, even though hugely disappointed. Walking home through Amserdam, we noticed fans still singing and blowing their Vuvuzelas.

HUGE accolades to South Africa too, for hosting such a fabulous and  successful World Cup 2010. Despite predictions of negativity and speculations of crime and organisational failure, South Africa showed the world their true essence. It was the most positive and heart-warming experience for South Africans and visitors alike. The hospitality, warmth, enthusiasm, interest and gratitude that came through during the World Cup was so humbling and South Africans from all walks of life and all race groups banded together and showed their true colours. I am so proud to be a South African. It is the beginning of a new, hugely positive era in South Africa.

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