Football festival ends in South Afrika

African Update – 11/07/10

On Sunday 11 July, the curtains came down in South Afrika at the 2010 FIFA World Cup held peacefully for the first time in Afrika. It was indeed a great football festival which started with a superb two-hour cultural show full of pomp and pageantry at Johannesburg's Soccer City rebuilt in the shape of a multi-coloured calabash.

Yet, it has been a long journey from Zurich where FIFA president Sepp Blatter declared South Afrika as having won the right to host the 2010 World Cup on 15 May 2004. For many people in Africa, this was an unbelievable relief and an occasion for euphoric and joyous celebrations. However, it was not easy to win the bid and it took an active involvement of the former president Nelson Mandela. Despite his huge image and the power of his personality, there were still many naysayers and detractors who thought wrongly that, Afrika was not able to pull it off successfully.

So lend me your ears, ladies and gentlemen, because the fact-sheet is out and it contains this message: The 2010 World Cup was the most successful tournament by all standards in the history of Federation Internationale De Football Association (FIFA). The organization was smooth and perfect. Attendance at matches went beyond expectation shattering the American record from 1994, and where else if not in Afrika, could you have such colourful and multitude of passionate fans in a sustained party mood for a whole month. Yes, Afrika knows how to welcome visitors and we know how to throw a splendid party too.

So, you are probably familiar with the sound of vuvuzela by now and you may have already experienced what jabulani is at the event where an excellent and expertly organized football fiesta in Afrika brought the peoples of the World much closer together in the spirit of Ubuntu. Sports and football in particular has the potential of uniting a country, continent and people across cultures. FIFA has done well in that respect.We therefore take this opportunity to wish all participating national teams and fans safe travel home and extend congratulations to Spain for winning their first World Cup trophy. As we look expectantly toward Brazil in 2014, we hope for better luck next time for Afrikan teams. Although the expected great performance by teams from Afrika did not materialize, we take consolation in the fact that South Afrika has presented the world with a spectacular and flawless tournament on behalf of whole continent. This makes it difficult if not impossible for any one outside our continent to doubt the ability of the Afrikan to succeed in any endeavour. And this is then the enduring legacy of this year's World Cup in South Afrika. President Zuma is already talking about South Afrika hosting the Olympics. And why not? So as we keep improving, hopefully, our effort to excel will be crowned with Afrika's first FIFA World Cup trophy in Brazil, come 2014.

Finally, let us not forget to express our appreciation by saying: Thank you former president Nelson Mandela Thank you FIFA president Sepp Blatter Thank you South Afrika Thank you Afrika 

And thank you the peoples of the World who believed in Africa. Lets meet again at the football carneval in Brazil.  Afrikatu Kofi Nkrumah

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