Performers descend on Soccer City

2010-06-09 12:48

A group of 1 500 performers in costumes marched to Soccer City this

afternoon for their final dress rehearsal for the World Cup’s opening

ceremony.

Paul Rakgokong of the Johannesburg-based Field Band Foundation

said: “I am extremely excited.”

He said it didn’t matter that he wouldn’t get to see any of the

games live, but only on a big-screen: “It’s enough to be part of it. It’s like a

dream come true in a way.”

Asked which team he supported, he replied: “Obviously Mzansi, South

Africa. I don’t want to lie, I wish and I hope that South Africa is going to

win.”

Thulani Mngomezulu and Mojalefa Mbele, both of Orange Farm, and

both from ATM Productions said: “It feels great.”

As they started showing the dance they would perform, the

procession set off from Nasrec to Soccer City.

Many of the performers were wary about talking because they had

signed non-disclosure agreements, and even at this late stage were concerned

about breaking their contracts.


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