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Bafana the real drawcard

2010-06-14 07:19

Johannesburg - Should Bafana Bafana not make it through to the next round of the World Cup, a number of Diepsloot supporters will gather up their kit and head home.

Although they cheered the goals scored during the Serbia - Ghana game played in Pretoria on Sunday afternoon, locals at Danny's Pub in the township near Pretoria were in no two minds: the national team was the only draw card.

"If Bafana Bafana isn't playing, that's going to be the end. I won't lie to you, people won't come here," said Thembani Ngwenya, a teacher from the area.

As the crowd was ecstatic when Ghana won, others were in two minds about Africa's chances to really triumph in the tournament.

"I'm not going to be very happy even though it (the legacy of the World Cup) will create jobs. I'm very disappointed if its not Ghana, then it has to be Brazil (that wins the tournament)," said Jones Ngobeni.

"If Bafana Bafana wins I will give my entire life."

While some patrons celebrated the African team's win, others sat nonchalant, merely drinking their beer and waiting for the kwaito music to begin.

Umlungu diski dancer

While a lone white man learnt the diski dance outside the drinking hole, mothers and their children walked past, some shouting "umlungu" (white person).

The Serbia and Ghana game was also poorly attended at Centurion Super Sport park.

Security, medical, police and military personnel stood by while only around 300 people watched the game unfold in the fan park.

In stark contrast to fan parks around South Africa during Friday's Bafana Bafana vs Mexico game, food and beer tents stood empty leaving stall operators strapped for cash.

Security guards kept themselves busy by chatting to each other and playing on their cell phones.

South African supporters made up the majority of the crowd with hardly a Ghanaian or Serbian T-shirt in sight.

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