Johannesburg was abuzz with sporting celebrations this weekend, the City’s stadia was filled with unifying spirit that will remain with many for years to come. History was made at FNB Stadium when two sporting codes played in one field a few minutes apart.
Diverse racial groups converged at The calabash as FNB Stadium is affectionately known, fans were filled with excitement and ‘gees’ spirit of witnessing history unfold right in front of their eyes.
The day began with the Legends match where their loss to the Italian side didn't daunt people’s enjoyment. However this loss was overturned with a resounding win by Rugby and Soccer.
The celebrations did not end there the fans were entertained by local and African musicians. The day was described by many as befitting of Mandela’s legacy for what was intended which is unifying South Africans was achieved.
"We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.” Nelson Mandela, Inaugural Address, Pretoria 9 May 1994.
These words reverberated at the FNB Stadium on Saturday when the nation united to celebrate Nelson Mandela Sports and Cultural Day.
A few Kilometres away from FNB Stadium; celebrations continued at Orlando Stadium where Orlando Pirates thrashed Zamalek 4-1 during the CAF Championship Challenge. The win by the Soweto soccer giants sealed the festivities.
I for one was honoured and privileged to be part of this historic day my thoughts and prayers are with Tata Madiba I hope he heard of what transpired in Johannesburg in his honour.
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