My World Cup Moment: My World Cup was awesome

2010-07-10 11:34

When, 15 minutes before the end of that Ghana-Uruguay quarterfinal,

Eskom pitched our suburb into darkness, the air turned blue as our usually

unsporting family wailed with displeasure.

We grumbled off to bed, mercifully missing Luis Suárez’s now

infamous handball.

If asked where I was when we won the bid, I don’t know.

When asked

where I was when the draw was made, I don’t know.

But I know exactly where I was

when Simphiwe Tshabalala put one in the back of the net.

Since then, my family and I set off to be tourists in our own


First up, we got lost in the CBD while looking for Arts on Main.

Instead of the usual frisson of fear, we laughed, made a few more wrong turns

and eventually found it.

Buoyed by our great experience in town, we headed for Africa

Village at the Zoo Lake Sports Club. Here, tourists and our fellow Joburgers

smiled while our children played together as vuvuzelas roared all the way from

Soccer City.

On Youth Day, when the cold snap hit, we were in Sandton and

watched as the Europeans stocked up on winter woollies.

Two weeks into our holiday at home, we were singing along to

Shosholoza with an a cappella group in Rosebank and looking at the myriad crafts

with fresh eyes.

We almost joined in when the Japanese tourists next to us ordered

beer for breakfast, but then remembered that we were only pretending to be on


Next week I probably won’t remember that Dutch striker Arjen

Robben’s goal in the semifinal against Uruguay was the 2200th World Cup goal,

and the sports channel will again fall silent in our home.

What I will remember, though, is how the 2010 World Cup helped us

reclaim our city and how football got us to connect with each other and the


The challenge is for all of us to continue to be good sports

towards each other and hope our politicians follow suit.

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