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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

Salani Kahle South Africa!

It seems like just yesterday we were all gearing up for the main event. Vuvuzelas blowing, flags waving and people from all over the globe come to be part of the world’s biggest party. Everybody seemed to be in a festive mood wearing their best to support their respective countries. Nothing else really mattered.

The World Cup was different this time. We had a few shocks and some terrible mistakes but on the whole it was quite an entertaining World Cup. We were all stunned with Spain’s defeat to Switzerland and France, England, Italy and Brazil’s early exit. We were furious with refereeing decisions regarding offsides and disallowed goals. We were surprised with how far teams like Slovakia, Ghana, Paraguay and even Uruguay for that matter reached and were definitely mesmerized by some amazing goals and saves.

The opening and closing ceremony was breath-taking and South Africa and her people must be given their due credit for their spectacular efforts. The stadiums were grand, the people were warm and friendly, the country was beautiful and though some would say that the vuvuzelas, kuduzelas and sockzelas were annoying there are many who would beg to differ.

Spain were the crowned world champions and though I personally think that their game was not spectacular in every way, they yet deserved to win it. They got the goals when they needed them, they stood united in defence and their game was fair play even though they were faced with opponents who looked rowdy, extremely aggressive and played the game with a mentality that almost seemed disturbing.

“I prefer a very ugly game and we win, instead of a beautiful game and we lose….. We’re in a World Cup final, so it doesn’t matter how we’ve played….. These are all things that aren’t important. I don’t want friends, I want to be world champion.”                                    -Arjen Robben

The adidas Golden Boot and Best Young Player award went to Thomas Müller and was rightly deserved. For a player of 20 he was impressive. He scored 5 goals and had 3 assists.

The adidas Golden Glove went Iker Casillas another deserving candidate. He has made some impressive saves and has been a terrific captain.

Lastly, it was Diego Forlán who won the adidas Golden Ball. He has been a marvel to watch this world cup scoring 5 goals in 7 games.

So its goodbye World Cup 2010 South Africa and thank you for an entertaining month of football. But don’t be sad because in 4 years which is really, not that far away we will we saying Hola World Cup 2014 Brasil.

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

Argentina v Korea Republic

1st Half Analysis

Argentina have been simply superb today. They have played so well that it’s hard to believe that they struggled during qualification. They have scored 2 goals, one of them being gifted to them by Chuyoung. The Korean Republic goalkeeper has definitely played his part. A save worth mentioning would be when Higuain struck the ball on target but it was punched out by the goal keeper only to land in front of Di Maria whose shot was on target but once more it was saved by the keeper. Korea however are yet not out of the game thanks to Chungyong’s 45’+1 goal. Score so far: Argentina 2-1 Korea Republic.

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South Africa v Uruguay

1st Half Analysis

Not a good start from South Africa. Even with a goal down they seem to be playing a very defensive game. Dikgacoi will miss the next game as this is his second yellow card in the tournament. Uruguay on the other hand have been pretty remarkable this game. They are much better then what they were last round. The highlight of the game so far is Forlan’s goal. His strike from 30 yards was deflected by Mokoena and smoothly curved into the net. 1-0 to Uruguay. (more…)

The South African Journey of Football

My last post was all about football advertisements. If you have seen the videos I have put up, you will notice a couple of them talk about racism. But have you ever wondered why football and anti-racism have been linked together so often? (more…)

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