SA supports fellow Africans
Polokwane – The FIFA Fan Fest in Polokwane was well attended during the first World Cup game to be played in the city on Sunday.
With most South Africans supporting Algeria, being one of the six African countries taking part, the disappointment was tangible when Algeria lost to Slovenia with a final score of 1-0. This was the first time Slovenia had won a World Cup match.
Many disillusioned fans left straight after the match while other diehards and Slovenian fans stayed to party on and watch the other two matches, Serbia versus Ghana at 16:00 and Germany versus Australia at 20:30.
A constant stream of fans trickled in during the day from the stadium, in preparation to watching these two matches.
Jan Sephala, a Polokwane resident, said he was very disappointed with Algeria’s result.
“But maybe Ghana will do better!” he added optimistically.
Dondo meets vuvuzela
Later, the dondo met the vuvuzela as even more people watched the live broadcast of the match between the Black Stars of Ghana and Serbia. The dondo is a Ghanaian drum used by the Ashante people.
The Black Stars triumphed 1-0 through an Asamoah Gyan penalty in the 84th minute.
Other African countries including South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria have not had any wins so far. Bafana Bafana drew 1-1 with the Mexicans while the Super Eagles were beaten 1-0 by the Diego Maradona-coached Argentina and the Desert Foxes of Algeria lost 1-0 to Slovenia.
The loss to Ghana must have been bitter for Serbia as the Black Stars are coached by Milovan Rajevac who is himself a Serbian. Serbia finished the match with ten men after Aleksandar Lukovic was sent off in the 74th minute for a second yellow card.
As South Africa has become a second home for many Ghanaians and others from different African countries, there were a lot of them to celebrate the victory.
An ecstatic George Amey said it was encouraging and a sign that other African countries can go far in the tournament. He also wished Cameroon and Cte d'Ivoire all the luck as they are going to play their first games.
Kassim Salasi was very “Agyi” on the victory. Agyi means happy in Ashante, one of the major languages in Ghana.
He however lamented missed scoring chances, but put his money on Ghana going to the next round considering how they played.
As for Serbian supporters, there were none in sight, with what seemed like all Africans behind the Black Stars.