Fans get caught up in World Cup fever

THE World Cup, which was anticipated by billions of soccer fans all over the globe, finally kicked off and there was razzmatazz across South Africa.

THE World Cup, which was anticipated by billions of soccer fans all over the globe, finally kicked off and there was razzmatazz across South Africa.

Those who went to the stadiums had the time of their lives and it was the same with those who were at the fan parks across the country.

It was entertainment from Polokwane to Cape Town, Pretoria to Durban, Rustenburg to Nelspruit, Johannesburg to Bloemfontein. everywhere!

Bruce Fraser reports from Cape Town that the Mother City got into the swing of things from Friday morning until late as the bars around the Waterfront were pumping. People wearing silly hats - and sillier sunglasses - jostled for space as they threw their euros and dollars about like confetti.

Somerset Street - which is the main road leading to Greenpoint Stadium - was blocked off and was transformed into a carnival.

In the Fan Fest tents people were crammed in like sardines. They shouted themselves hoarse cheering on their teams and heroes.

They were rugby fans who were in Cape Town for the Test match between the Springboks and France, but football fever got the better of them. And most of them were happy that Bafana Bafana managed a point against Mexico.

Matome Lebea writes that about 15000 football devotees gathered at a Fan Fest at the Polokwane Cricket Club, near Peter Mokaba Stadium, to cheer on their favourite teams.

Popular gospel singer Winnie Khumalo and a host of local DJs entertained the supporters before and after the Bafana-Mexico clash.

One of the supporters, Percy Kekana from Mankweng, said being at the Fan Fest was an incredible experience. "It was like I watched the match at Soccer City."

Linda Moreotsene was also taken aback by crazy soccer fans in Polokwane. She covered the Algeria-Slovenia encounter at Peter Mokaba Stadium and said a carnival atmosphere permeated the Limpopo capital long before the game.

"People were blowing vuvuzelas as if this was the last match of the 2010 World Cup. It was awesome and it shows how our people love football. The colourful and the creative were not to be left behind, and for some national regalia was not quite enough - they went the extra mile, getting their hair and chests painted in the national team colours."

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