Bafana Bafana are in Cape Town for their 2014 World Cup Qualifier against Central African Republic at Cape Town Stadium and if ever you wanted to relive our World Cup hosting glory days, this would be it.
Soccer World Cup spirit on home soil
Can you still remember the countdown to the kick off?
There were nationwide calls to wear green and gold shirts every Friday and support this phenomenal dream. Schoolchildren, workers, government officials and football players all joined in the drive to recruit more supporters to make the event a major success. It was a dream come true and went a long way to unite the nation. Memes like 'Philip, he is here' developed from ‘Feel it, it is here’ and more importantly the Vuvuzela was introduced to the world as our official horn and a trademark of the World Cup.
As I caught up with Bafana Bfana at the Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town, I could feel that old World Cup spirit rising up. I could tell the team was excited to be in Cape Town too. Their presence sparked a media frenzy as did the arrival of the Minister of Sport Fkile Mbalula.
Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Fikile Mbalula handing a jersey to Bafana Bafana's Bernard Parker (Phumzile Ngcatshe)
Don the green and gold to show your support
Mballula didn’t mince his words as he said football Fridays are coming back and "taking football to the people is what he wants to see".
"This is the chance for the people in the Mother City to enjoy the national team and feel the football vibe once again,” he said.
Mbalula also told the Bafana Bafana team to show patriotism and to make the nation proud by winning the match.
The players are focused for the upcoming game against Central Africa Republic. (Phumzile Ngcatshe)
Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and captain for the match Ithumeleng Khune said, “We are highly motivated, looking forward to the game and we will definitely not disappoint the nation as we are playing at home. We also thank you Minister for this morale boosting visit.”
Coach Gordon Igesund talks to the media in Cape Town (Phumzile Ngcatshe)
According to coach Gordon Igesund, the former world cup venue is perfect for his strategy which involves using his wingers to open up the game against CAR.
The kick off is scheduled for 20:15 on Saturday at the Cape Town International Stadium. On Thursday more than 50% of the tickets were sold, with 20 000 tickets still remaining. If you want to join Bafana Bafana and relive that world cup spirit as they set off on their road to 2014 Brazil you can book your ticket through Computicket or Shoprite from R50 per ticket.