Durban rocks as happy cup final fans party the night away

2010-10-04 00:00

A POPULAR watering hole in township of uMlazi and the colonial trappings of the Durban Country Club could not differ more, but on Saturday night even these disparate venues were united in a tale of two cities as football fans gathered to watch the Moroka Swallows play Orlando Pirates in their first final in 30 years at the new Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The harbour city was ablaze with sound and colour. Fans hooted their car horns, blew their vuvuzelas and flew their club flags for the better part of Saturday.

Back at Max’s Place, a pub and eatery in uMlazi where the well-heeled patrons prefer to braai al fresco, the better to admire their luxury cars, the mood was equally electrifying. People in Pirates shirts rubbed shoulders with fans sporting Swallows colours. Some even had Kaizer Chiefs gear, the other Soweto giants who were beaten by Pirates on the way to their final. Several others took a less partisan approach, including this reporter, by wearing a Bafana Bafana jerseys.

There was clearly no love lost between the fans of both teams, but when the Buccaneers came out tops, the champions comforted the losers with copious libations.

Sikhumbuzo Nyathikazi of Sobantu in Pietermaritzburg was happy for Pirates “because they had not lifted a trophy in a long time”. A Gauteng pair at the venue, Teboho Joala, who had driven all the way from Pretoria, and Kenneth More of Kyalami in Johannesburg, said the township eatery had the best vibe for any fans.

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