Lucky fans land World Cup final tickets

ALL SMILES: 2010 World Cup ticket winner Geneva Talakgale is congratulated by LOC chairman Irvin Khoza at Maponya mall in Soweto. Pic. Veli Nhlapo. 26/05/08. © Sowetan.
ALL SMILES: 2010 World Cup ticket winner Geneva Talakgale is congratulated by LOC chairman Irvin Khoza at Maponya mall in Soweto. Pic. Veli Nhlapo. 26/05/08. © Sowetan.

While many South Africans are still trying to save their hard- earned money for 2010 World Cup tickets, Geneva Talakgale is already in possession of one for the final.

While many South Africans are still trying to save their hard- earned money for 2010 World Cup tickets, Geneva Talakgale is already in possession of one for the final.

Talakgale, of Dennilton in Limpopo, is one of the 500 First National Bank customers who were presented with double tickets for the tournament.

This brings to 1 000 the total number of customers who have won double tickets to watch the World Cup.

Talakgale was presented with a letter confirming her prize at Maponya mall in Soweto on Monday at a function also attended by Irvin Khoza, the 2010 World Local Organising Committee chairman.

"God is great. I still can't believe that I will be watching the final match of the World Cup. Hopefully Bafana Bafana will also be there," said Talakgale.

"I will be coming to Soccer City on July 11 2010 with my husband to watch the final. We all love soccer."

Khoza used the opportunity to urge South Africans to embrace the World Cup, saying it was not an event for the LOC, Safa or government.

"We urge the 45 million people of South Africa to adopt the World Cup, the event belongs to all of us. It is not for Irvin, Danny Jordaan, Dennis Mumble or Tim Modise."

Khoza also showered the banking institution with praise for their continued commitment in ensuring that South Africa hosts a successful World Cup.

"When we started with our dream to host the World Cup, everybody said there must be something wrong with us, it can never be possible.

"It was only two of us [he and Jordaan] with a mandate from Safa to go and knock on doors all over the world to create friends from 1997," he said.

"FNB did not ask questions, they came on board. When we lost [2006 World Cup bid], they never turned their backs against us. They were there with us.

"They were the first bank to come into the township when we did not know what is to save money. We used to put money under the mattrass."

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