What a game, what a derby, what a final!

2010-12-05 10:12

It was a night so beautiful even the angels might have stopped in mid-air to admire the ­spectacle unfolding down below in the great city of Johannesburg.

And if they did stop to cast an angelic eye on the packed FNB Stadium they might have wondered what the hell on earth was going on down there at Nasrec.

Perhaps even the deafening roar of the vuvuzelas might have sent them scurrying hastily back to their angelic world, wondering to themselves in amazement, as if to say: “Ai, but humans!”

It was not an ordinary night after all.

It was the black and white of times. It was the yellow and black of times. It was the best of times.

It was the vuvuzela of times. It was the truly Mzansi magic of times – the 142nd Soweto Derby.

And it was no wonder that a record breaking 91?727 football fans packed the battlefield, the world class 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup venue.

They cheered, they jeered, they sang, they danced, howled and screamed, some cried and others cursed, and dear God, did they blow that damned vuvuzela thing?

They blew it so hard, especially when that Zimbabwean goal-scoring wonderkid, Knowledge Musona, was in possession of the ball.

At times it felt as if even the giant Calabash of Dreams would collapse and bury the whole cheering lot.

As early as 4pm roads leading to the imposing arena were jam-packed with thousands of vehicles carrying fans of the two Soweto giants.

“Musona is our avocado! We are going to have him with this” cheered a Pirates fan hanging from the window of a kombi, brandishing a supersized loaf of bread.

A Chiefs fan responded to the playful taunts by holding up a full cabbage and munching a mouthful.

“Pirates is my food! I am going to chew them.”

The interior of the cauldron was painted in the blue of the sponsors, who also put up a brilliant presentation just before the big kick-off.

Instead of red, the giants at the centre of the show walked on a blue carpet.

And not to be outdone, the coaches – Rudi Krol of Pirates and Chiefs’ Vladimir Vermezovic – were dressed up for their biggest pay day.

Krol turned out in a white shirt with a black jacket for obvious reasons and a pair of jeans while Vladimir directed proceedings from the bench in a fawn designer suit.

It was all part of the great fun that was the Telkom Knockout final.

What a game! What a derby! What a final!

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