The wait is finally over. We are only one day away from the World Cup opening match Brazil v Croatia, and have reached the number one in our Top 50 World Cup moments countdown.
Remember when South Africa were named World Cup hosts? Remember the famous word’s by FIFA president, Joseph Blatter?
“The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be organized in … South Africa.”
What a goose-bump moment. Immediately, celebrations erupted all over the country.
The South African delegation, spearheaded by Nelson Mandela, Irvin Khoza and Danny Jordaan celebrated in Zurich, while South Africans all over the country danced in the streets.
It was the 15 May 2004, when South Africa became the first African nation in history chosen to host the World Cup.
Mzansi was awarded the hosting rights over Morocco and Egypt, after missing out on the 2006 hosting rights to Germany.
FIFA had pledged to hold the World Cup on a rotating basis among the continents and it was certain that the 2010 World Cup would be hosted on African soil.
On May 15 2010, the FIFA executive committee voted 14 to 10 in favour of South Africa over Morocco, with Egypt receiving no votes.
The rights to host football’s biggest event was a success for the young South African nation as well as the whole continent.
Just 16 years after Apartheid had ended, South Africa would hosts the biggest sporting event in the world.
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