Germans, Aussies get into the World Cup vibe

2010-06-14 00:00

THE Moses Mabhida stadium came alive with the cheers of thousands of excited fans who gathered to watch Germany take on Australia in the first World Cup match at the iconic stadium yesterday.

Some fans waited three hours outside the stadium’s gates and used the time to rally support for their respective teams. Australian fans of the Socceroos set up camp near the stadium’s People’s Park and their vuvuzela practice sessions could be heard all over the city centre.

Not to be outdone, German supporters clad in their team colours danced and cheered just outside the stadium’s north entrance.

Locals enjoyed the sunshine while lazing on the lush grass outside the stadium, entertained by the colour of the foreigners.

Armed with inflatable kangaroos and flags, the Australian fans were eager to tell the world why their team was going to win.

In the end, locals chose to support Germany and gave a deafening cheer when the team ran onto the field for their warm-up.

Serge and Jerry Nestaroff of Sydney, Australia, said they were excited that Australia were playing in the “most beautiful stadium in the world”.

“It’s great to be here to watch our team play. The Germans are confident, but I know that we will do well,” they said.

Durbanite Amarasen Govender said he was supporting Germany because he dislikes the fact that many South Africans have moved to Australia. “This is for all those people who left South Africa to live there, I hope Germany kicks your butt during the game,” he said.

The Otto family from Richards Bay made a special banner with a message for their family in Leipzig, Germany.

“It’s going to be an awesome game. All our family are watching back home. Germany are the best team in the world,” said Miriam Otto.

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