Monday, June 14, 2010

Africa Unite!

We wake up on Sunday morning and had already made plans to attend the Ghana versus Serbia game, which was being played at Loftus Versveld Stadium, about a 10 minute walk from where we are staying.

The World Cup stadium have a lot of security around them. The streets are blocked in a big perimeter, so even walking around a stadium can be a long journey, as we found out.

It's a walk worth taken, we thought, because as you walk around you see the colors of the teams and fans excited to show their support.

We walk in and see that we are smack in the middle of what in our eyes is an awesome section of Ghana fans. We're talking drums, huge hats, bright colors, costumes, dancing, swaying - non-stop. At halftime, about 3-4 rows walk down the the field level, where a barrier separates a walkway from the field. This is great, because they allow the fans to march around the field. It's hard to explain how cool it looked, and sounded.
We ask and are accepted to jump in and celebrate with them. Ghana scored on a penalty kick late in the game, and we're in the middle of a massive party.

The South African's we meet are also behind Ghana. It's about uniting Africa, we are told.


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