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November 18, 2010

USA defeats Bafana Bafana 1-0 at Cape Town Stadium

Bafana Bafana

Photo courtesy Leanne Pohlmann

Thousands of spectators – decked out from head to toe in brilliant yellows and greens – turned out at Cape Town Stadium last night, proving that although the final whistle of the World Cup blew more than four months ago, the Mother City still has a rampant case of soccer fever. Bafana Bafana battled the USA in last night’s Nelson Mandela Challenge at the sold-out Cape Town Stadium, in the South African team’s inaugural match at the iconic location.

Hordes of fans – sporting makarapas and clutching vuvuzelas – made their way down the Fan Walk before entering the stadium. The friendly kicked off at 21h30, after an opening match between the South African U23 team and their counterparts from Botswana, won by the home team.

Bafana Bafana played a good game but failed to find the back of the net. Minutes before the final whistle blew, Juan Agudelo of the USA scored what became the winning goal.

Despite the loss, Cape Town was proud to welcome Bafana Bafana to the city. Spotted among the 50 000 supporters were President Jacob Zuma and Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille.

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