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They stood in the winter sun for up to two hours just waiting to catch a glimpse of their nation’s hope, Bafana Bafana. Some swopped their usual tie and shirts to don the South African National football jersey. Those who tried to work, it seems, eventually left their work stations and joined in the trumpet blast that gripped Johannesburg’s business hub also known as Sandton.
They blew their vuvuzelas, sang Shosholoza, blew the vuvuzelas some more and finally…..the green double decker bus carrying the national team emerged. Bafana Bafana supporters showed their love to the team ahead of their World Cup Opening match against Mexico on Friday. The players, led by captain Aaron Mokoena, could be seen perched atop the open bus taking pictures of the fans below and waving at them.
In cities around South Africa, on Wednesday, football fans heeded the call to support Bafana Bafana by blowing their vuvuzelas at midday. “The “Vuvuzela Moment” was an initiative which was to bring Mzansi to a standstill, make the world stand up and take notice of Mzansi’s pride, its own heritage”, read the statement from the organizers.