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Ke Nako, Hamba kahle.

Its time, Farewell!

It has been a tournament to remember, whether you are a local or flew in from the far corners of the earth to be part Africa’s first highly anticipated chance to host this tournament. I’m sure I am in a position to say that it has crossed all expectations in hosting a commendable and successful World Cup.

My favorite moment out of the World Cup is the World Cup itself, as a tournament, as an event, it is an experience and I wish Sepp Blatter  could bestow upon every nation as it is an event that is able to build and unite a nation as well as it is an economical investment in the future of that nation. So thank you to FIFA for selecting South Africa and we hope that the World Cup has been as wonderful for you as it was for us locals. We can now be proud for hosting an event of this magnitude to the greatest of success.

Thank you FIFA

Thank you World Cup

-Ageez

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Obour’s Lucky Charm=Ghana’s Success

Ghana has been the only African team to make it to the Round of 16 and the way things look right now they may just progress to the quarter finals. Ghana’s journey so far has been quite an interesting one. If you look at the group stages you will notice that they have scored only 1 goal each in both games and both these goals have come from penalties. How lucky are they? Maybe, just maybe, a little luckier than the others at the tournament…. And the reason could be OBOUR! All of you who have watched the first match have definitely seen this man, that is if you were paying attention. I wouldn’t know about you but he certainly fascinated me.

Obour belongs to the Ashanti tribe, the largest tribe in Ghana. This tribe like many others attaches a special importance to herbs and their uses. Now in that pot are some herbs that are mixed together. The herbs are then lit in order to produce smoke and it is this smoke that is said to ward of all evil. Interesting? The words on the poster Awurade Kasa say “God should speak”

That is Ghana’s little story of Big Luck!

*Koodela is a friend of Obour and he was kind enough to give us this information. 
Thanks Koodela!

Colours of Football

The procession included a taxi cab as a headpiece. He drummed and strolled as the taxi R-O-C-k-E-D.

An English fan with Kuduzela-The Kuduzela is an imitation of the vuvuzela- This English fan is enjoying he atmosphere and mood

The Bafana Bomb via Don

So……finally, It is here! FIFA 2010 has kicked off with a massive bang, the vibe in the country is like nothing I have ever experienced! Awesome!
Friday before the first game the atmosphere every where was simply electric, the number of flags on cars seemed to quadruple over night! I decorated my wife’s little yellow car in a massive SA flag and dubbed it the Bafana Bomb. I wasn’t the only over exuberant Bafana supporter, they where everywhere one turned.
The opening ceremony was as refreshing as it was entertaining. None of the usual pomp and ceremony we have come to expect from such events.
It was classy, yet understated and didn’t draw attention away from the more important event, football itself!
I watched the game with friends and family at a local bar, but every bar, restaurant and public space that had a television broadcasting the game was packed with yellow clad South African’s blowing vuvuzelas.
Bafana didn’t start to well and had us all on the edge of our seats for much of the 1st half, but then the momentum seemed to swing and so did the vibe.
When Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal of the first World Cup on African soil, playing in his 50th game for Bafana, I’m pretty sure a jump was recorded on the Richter Scale, the country erupted in joy! And what a quality goal to do it with, beautifully crafted and finished.
Sadly they couldn’t hang on for the win as Mexico earned a well deserved draw after a cracking opening game to FIFA 2010.
The same could not be said of the France/Uruguay game I had the pleasure and miss-fortune of attending that evening. After watching that display live I’m confident Bafana will make the second round of this World Cup.


The football may have been average but the stadium and crowd were world class. I had seats fairly low down, behind one of the goals near the corner flag, but the view from there was spectacular, we didn’t miss one bit of the action, even on the other end of the pitch.
Getting into the ground had some issues, but that’s because Capetonian’s arrive late for everything and then all the entry points had 2 queues for every metal detector, which slowed everything down. Once inside though moving around was easy and stress free, there was no overcrowding anywhere except at the undermanned food stands. Beer was easily obtained but at a price that is actually ridiculous in the cold light of day, about 50% more expensive than outside the ground.
Since then from what I’ve seen all of the other games have been fairly well supported with no real upsets, aside from Slovenia topping England’s group. Germany have laid down an early marker with a very good win over the Aussie’s and Argentina probably could have won comfortably by more.
I also have no voice, and it’s only day 4!!!!
I’ll have more for you tomorrow. Enjoy the footy!
Don

Update From South Africa

It was announced last week or so that yesterday, 9th June at 12 noon everyone in support of the country should go outside and blow their vuvuzelas.

And those in support did not fail to deliver. Cars were hooting, vuvuzelas blowing (it gave me goose bumps, brrrrrrrr)

Amazing to see so much support given for the national team, the flood of people dressed in yellow and green puts a tear in the corner of my eye out of proudness.

I can truly say that the whole of South Africa has whipped itself into a World Cup Frenzy! And it’s alive beyond expectation.

The news here in our office is that we will have a shortened day on Friday and have a big screen up in the boardroom for the viewing of the opening ceremony and the South African game, drink and food will be supplied, nice of them, don’t you think? 😀

Our city has gotten a facelift too with a big wheel close to the stadium, streets are being decorated and  it’s a beautiful site. It’s plain to see that the world cup is one of the most feverously addictive experiences.

I am grateful that I will be part of one of the most amazing experiences in this lifetime of mine. And with less than 1 day to go it will only get better.

Peace out for now!                                                                                                                        Ageez

Update from South Africa

9th June 2010

At midday local time hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets around the country in support of Bafana-Bafana. They blew vuvuzelas, cars honked their horns, people cheered and danced in the streets.

The noise and vibe was an experience to behold all over the country.

There has also been an explosion of colour. There are flags everywhere, people are selling ones that attach to your car at the traffic lights, along with mirror socks in all the nations flags.

There are plenty of foreigners living in SA and many have their home country and the SA flag on their cars in some way, shape or form and it is quite literally every 3rd car in Cape Town that is decorated in a nations flag of some kind.

Gearing up for my first game on Friday night after watching Bafana vs Mexico at a local restaurant with my family.

Will keep you posted.

Don