Performers rehearse for Cup

2010-06-09 14:29
Johannesburg - A group of 1 500 performers in costumes marched to Soccer City on Wednesday afternoon for their final dress rehearsal for the World Cup's opening ceremony.

"I am extremely excited," said Paul Rakgokong of the Johannesburg-based Field Band Foundation.

He said it didn't matter that he wouldn't get to see any of the games live, but only on a big-screen.

"It's enough to be part of it. It's like a dream come true in a way."

Asked which team he supported, he replied: "Obviously Mzansi, South Africa. I don't want to lie, I wish and I hope that South Africa is going to win.

"It feels great," said Thulani Mngomezulu and Mojalefa Mbele, both of Orange Farm, and ATM Productions.

As they started showing the dance they would perform, the procession set off from Nasrec to Soccer City.

Many of the performers were wary about talking because they had signed non-disclosure agreements, and even at this late stage were concerned about breaking their contracts.
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