Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

12 June 2014

Africa: Remembering South Africa's World Cup, Four Years On

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It's been four years since the kick-off of the 2010 World Cup, when South Africa showed the world what it could do as a host. ANTOINETTE MULLER remembers those few magical weeks - and looks at the legacy they left behind.

Four years.

It's just gone exactly four years since the Football World Cup kicked off in South Africa. We all seemed to forget about politics, provincial team differences, fast-food takeaway joint preferences and everything else that so often divided us.

I remember it like it was yesterday. The build-up to kick-off started months before and we were even united in that. All the bad press form international media. All the 'will you guys be ready' questions. All the doubters, the haters, the stories about machete gangs. But we were ready. We were ready to show the world who we were and exactly what we were capable of. We were, for once, ready to just forget about all the bad stuff and focus on our real national sport: football.

June 11 was a special day. South Africa was painted yellow. Bafana jerseys: authentic, knock-offs and even just plain bad supporters' tops were everywhere. Phillip, he is here. Offices were all...

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