In a couple of hours/minutes from now, South Africa will make history as the first African nation to host the World Cup. Since the Rainbow Nations’ name was pulled from the FIFA envelope way back in 2004, the people of South Africa have waited for this moment and now it has arrived.
Today, June 11th, 2010; South Africa steps onto the world stage as host nation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the international soccer tournament begins – welcoming 32 teams from around the world.
South Africa was selected as the host six years ago, and has been preparing ever since, building five new stadiums, upgrading five existing stadiums, and building up public transportation, including a new rapid transit railway.
African / Cameroonian Football Legend Roger Milla:
The sporting world would stop waiting and start watching as days, months and years of preparations finally give way to the start of the 19th FIFA World Cup. Host, South Africa would kick off the tournament against Mexico at the Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium which has also been awarded the right of staging the final.
Over the past weeks, the teams and their legions of fans have begun arriving while final preparations are made and dress rehearsals held for the Opening Ceremony on Friday. More than 90,000 fans have packed in at Africa’s biggest football stadium desperate to see the Bafana-Bafana open their account with a victory, they will not be alone in that wish.
The tournament takes place over a month, ending on July 11th. My question is;
“Who eventually wins the FIFA World Cup in South Africa 2010?
Would it be South Africa, Ghana, Cameroun, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, England, Brazil, Argentina or Spain?
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