Euphoria moves fans to tears

2010-06-11 14:21
Johannesburg - Fans aboard a bus from the Thokoza park station, in Soweto, were moved to tears as they neared Soccer City and witnessed the approach of hundreds of South African fans clad in green and gold singing "Shosholoza".

One woman cried loudly as the fans descended on the bus singing the traditional African folk song and South Africa's soccer anthem.

A lone Mexico supporter in a sombrero and stood out amid droves of South African fans in Bafana Bafana gear.

Helicopters flew overhead and a few policemen on horseback lingered as fans snaked their way toward the stadium.

On the other side of the city, Kempton Park, in Ekurhuleni, came alive shortly before the opening ceremony was set to begin.

'I am part of history'

Some of the fans arriving at the Dries Niemandt Welcome Village, in Kempton Park, had travelled from as far away as Alberton and the nearby township of Tembisa.

"I am part of history," people shouted as they entered the venue blowing their vuvuzelas.

Huge white tents were set up at the venue, with vendors selling their wares.

Two Argentinean soccer fans at the venue said it had been recommended to them at the airport by their guest house in Pretoria.

"We are excited to be here and today we are supporting Bafana Bafana," said Alejandelo Orrico, he was accompanied by his cousin Sebastian Briuoli. They were wearing Argentina's colours.

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