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Cape Town Life: The World Cup is coming

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The World Cup is coming

In Germany we have experienced it and are now well prepared: The World Cup is coming, whether you want it or not.

South Africa had no experience of such immensity yet.

Rugby fans had a World Cup which turned out to be a historic event that marked the end of Apartheid back in 1995.

South Africa also hosted the Cricket World Cup in 2003, where one of the objectives had been to prove to the world that South Africa was capable of hosting such great events.

Football fans had the African Cup of Nations in 1996, but no acknowledgement of their favourite sport on a global level yet.

But none of these events can be compared to the scale of the FIFA World Cup.

Traditionally, rugby and cricket are associated with white South Africans and football is regarded as the blacks’ sport.

So where criticism and cynicism regarding tax moneys and unfinished roads is more prominent in the count down to the World Cup as usual, here in South Africa an additional element of suspicion is added: Why should rugby or cricket fans be interested in football?

Let’s just hope that Bafana Bafana will make it to the second round, so the football fever has a chance to spread. Because you don’t have to be a football fan in order to be a World Cup fan.

And the World Cup will sweep everybody off their feet, whether they want it or not.

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