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By Sibongile | Jul 13, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

With the clock ticking fast towards the 2010, Fifa World Cup Mpumalanga has launched Football Friday, and the province's authorities say it will be fun for every South African.

Every Friday from this week will be Football Friday, and everyone is called upon to paint their faces, bodies, clothes and cars in the colours of the national flags. This can be done anywhere, at home or at work .

South Africans are urged to support the campaign by showing up at work in the colours of any of the 32 countries that will be participating in the 2010 World Cup.

The campaign will continue until the tournament starts.

The Football Friday campaign is aimed at promoting the 2010 World Cup and was launched at the Riverside government complex in Nelspruit last Friday.

2010 Fifa World Cup mascot Zakumi also made his first appearance in Mpumalanga during the launch.

Nelspruit mayor Lassy Chiwayo dared other provinces to adopt the campaign and make people aware of the tournament, which kicks off in 332 days.

Wearing a Bafana Bafana jersey and jeans, Chiwayo said: "Fridays will from today be dedicated to soccer. Wear a Bafana Bafana or any other country's jersey. We are embarking on this campaign to highlight football development in the province. We dare other provinces to do the same."

Chiwayo said Nelspruit was going all out to ensure that the province hosted the best tournament .

"Even the trees must shout '~we are a host city'.

"Everyone in the province will know that the 2010 Fifa World Cup is happening. The tournament will benefit the country and should therefore be supported.

"The country successfully hosted the Confederations Cup. We clearly displayed our African spirit for football. The World Cup is our chance to do more," Chiwayo said.

Thousands of people, some in bright soccer jerseys, attended the event.

"Through you, we can make Football Friday happen," Chiwayo said to screams, whistles and the blowing of vuvuzelas.


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