But it was not only about the beautiful gameâ€¦
The united spirit of the rainbow people of South Africa during the joyous month of the World Cup had such a profound effect on my life.Â There were moments I felt so emotional and proud of what we had achieved it brought tears to my eyes.Â Even though we did not actually win the football, WE WON FOR SOUTH AFRICA.Â I am pleased to say I am one of those who believed in our capabilities to pull off such a successful event right from the start.
Â Not only did we get a feast of Soccer, but we got to be PATRIOTIC AND WAVE OUR FLAGS.Â Â
Â I got to stay in the Friendly City during our College holidays. Â I got to see the jubilant Dutch wearing their orange clogs and dressing gowns along the boardwalk after upsetting Brazil.Â I got to have a beer with the patriotic Germans while they whitewashed the pommies on the big screen at the German club.Â I got to see a celebrity like Paris Hilton in our local court being let off a drug charge. I got to wear my Roth 22 Bafana Bafana players shirt and Fifa takkies at a live television broadcast from Port Elizabeth .
Â I think South Africa defeated France because I got to wear my â€œI love South Africaâ€ underwear to the Fan Park at St. Georges.Â I got to blow my vuvuzela until my lips were numb, watching gorgeous Ronaldo at Nelson Mandela Stadium.Â I got to set the Waka Waka ringtone on my cell phone,Â I got to teach my students and fellow colleagues the Diski dance.
Leaving OR Tambo International for a short trip to Germany during my college holidays, I got to see the tourists making their way home with vuvuzelas in their backpacksâ€¦ realizing that we really IMPRESSED our visitorsâ€¦who will one day return with their friends bringing fresh opportunities for tourism and business to South Africa.
Â Perhaps this is one of the reasons Shakira and Freshly Ground felt that singing the Waka Waka â€“ this time for Africa, at the opening concert, was the most emotional and uplifting experience of their lives.
KEEP FLYING THE FLAG whether it be literally or figuratively. ITâ€™S A SIGN OF A VICTORY.