Beer-loving English invade Rustenburg

2010-06-12 17:35

Thousands of fans headed to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium for the

England versus USA Group C opener tonight. By 4pm, there was a traffic jam with

a convoy of hundreds of vehicles snaking their way past the Marikana Plaza toll


Some 20 km away, the Rustenburg CBD was abuzz with the vuvuzela

sounds, bars and liquor stores overflowing with patrons, mainly in England


The English just love their beer. Protruding bellies from England

national team replica shirts, multitudes of fans covered Phokeng in red and

white – almost every soul that had crammed at a nearby PH Network Cafe had one

hand clutching a beer.

Inside the match venue, the terraces were covered in the flags

bearing the red cross.

Where’s the USA? Wondered one neutral fan.

As the countdown to kick-off continued, those who were inside the

arena were entertained with the recorded sounds of local music, particularly

popular hits from the award-winning Malaika.


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