World Cup: Let’s feel it because it is still here

2010-06-19 12:14

Look, we have to be realistic about this.

Bafana Bafana now have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the World Cup.

But miracles can happen, so we need to stay behind them on Tuesday night as they head towards what pundits say will be our final World Cup outing.

Through snow and sun, through thick and thin, we should not be a fickle support base for Bafana.

Their sprightly revival and the sheer heart of their performance ­deserve our ongoing support.

Continue to wear your Bafana Bafana shirts and keep your flags flying high. We are still host to the World Cup.

Enjoy the attention.

We will probably ­never again be at the centre of the global stage as we now are.

Television viewership figures just in from around the world show that audience numbers have broken previous viewing records.

We should bask in the warm glow of attention and put on our best faces.

From the statistics, it is clear that South Africa is a soccer-mad country.

By yesterday nearly 11?million locals and foreigners had attended World Cup matches (many as repeat spectators), and it’s clear from the capacity crowds at matches that we will continue to flock to stadiums to watch “the beautiful game” being played by its finest athletes.

As we head towards the final rounds, get on to those buses, taxis and trains and make the stadiums fuller.

Welcome the world.

Shari Cohen, writing on The Huffington Post blogging platform in the US this week, said that South Africa had been a gracious host country.

She had learnt, she said, that the spirit of ubuntu was laced into the country’s DNA.

We had welcomed the world with open arms and warm hearts.

She writes: “In today’s America, sadly, we have drifted so far towards being so US-centric that we only seem to root for the Americans. Not so in South Africa. I’ve been here since early May and each week I have become more and more impressed with the global ­embrace that South ­Africans have offered up to the world.”

One of the clever PR lines coined for South Africa is that we are a world in one country.

For this month we are exactly that, so let’s ­enjoy and embrace it.

Wear two hats or three.

Learn from our politicians, who often wear several hats.

Keep Bafana in your heart, but find a second team to root for.

Our money is on Ghana – and if they get knocked out, Brazil.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.