Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bafana Bafana!

So after a little over 48 hours of travelling I've finally made it to South Africa! The flights were great, uneventful. Things are lively here in South Africa. We're camping at a little place outside of Johanesburg. The nights are cold, but the days are quite nice. The World Cup opened up last night with South Africa's team (Bafana Bafana) playing Mexico in an exciting 1-1 draw. We went to a local park where they had set up a stage and big screens to show the game. The place was packed with local fans dancing, singing, and blowing their vuvuzelas (plastic horns that are really loud). It was quite a festive atmosphere, especially when South Africa went up 1-0 in the second half! Unfortunately Mexico equalized in the 80th minute. The crowd didn't stay silent for long and Bafana Bafana was unlucky to not with the game just before the end of regulation! Overall a great start to the trip and for South African football.

Tonight is the big game for the USA against the UK. The two teams haven't met since the 1950 World Cup where the USA won 1-0. The game is in Rustenburg, but we'll be finding a pub here in Jozi to watch it. Tomorrow we're leaving for Rustenburg where we'll spend a few nights and watch our first game out there (a defensive thriller, New Zealand vs Slovakia). Thats all to report for now.

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