August 10, 2010
Cape Town to get behind Bafana Bafana
Bafana Bafana fans at Mzoli’s in Gugulethu. Photo by Deon Gurling
The legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ gets a boost on Wednesday, when Bafana Bafana play their first match since the epic tournament, taking on Ghana at Soccer City in Soweto, with much support from the rest of South Africa, particularly Cape Town.
The national team has not played in the Mother City since 2007, but it is hoped they will soon entertain at the magnificent Cape Town Stadium, which hosted eight matches during the World Cup, including the semi-final between the Netherlands and Uruguay.
The match against Ghana kicks off at 20h35 and will be broadcast on SABC 1. If you are looking for somewhere to watch the match in Cape Town, you will have a variety of options on Long Street, which hosted many big parties during the month-long World Cup.
Ghana made it to the quarter-finals of the tournament, but were controversially knocked out when they were beaten by Uruguay on penalties. A last-minute penalty was awarded when Uruguayan striker, Luis Suárez, deliberately handled the ball to prevent a certain goal. Asamoah Gyan’s penalty attempt, however, hit the crossbar, as Ghana came within inches of becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.