Afcon: Bafana Bafana delight the nation

2013-01-24 00:00

WHEN the final whistle went at Moses Mabhida Stadium last night and Bafana Bafana had beaten Angola 2-0, you would have thought that a World Cup final win was the reason for the roar.

The crowd had filtered through the gates throughout the entire first half of the match, but by the time the second half kicked off, you would have been hard put to find an empty seat.

With the 5 pm kickoff, some fans had rushed from work to get to the stadium on time and the traffic congestion made access more difficult.

Some fans reportedly parked their vehicles kilometres away to avoid the heavy traffic.

Most would have sat down in time to see Siyabonga Sangweni’s opening goal, and being late by a few minutes will have done nothing to dampen spirits after the victory. But a trip to some canteens at the stadium might have done just that, where a bottle of water cost a whopping R15, and if you really wanted to splash out, a bottle of soft drink would set you back R20. To be fair, other fans report paying normal prices for cooldrinks.

The heat was even too much for national coach Gordon Igesund. Throughout most of the match, he had his jacket off.

“This is a hot seat already. No really, it was terribly hot out there,” he said.

Still, the coach was very appreciative of the fans who came out despite the heat, the traffic jams and the overpriced drinks.

“I really want to thank the crowd tonight. They have been absolutely fantastic,” Igesund said.

“These have been tough times, but tonight they never stopped supporting from the first whistle until the last.”

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