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FAB FLICKS: The 2010 FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony & KUDO’s TO SOUTH AFRICA For A Job Well-Done!!!!

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Kudos to South Africa for a job well done with the 2010 World Cup!!! Not since World Cup 1998 in France has the World Cup been this electrifying, grand & simply banana’s…

….so the date was 11 July 2010, the time was 6:15pm (South African time) and the venue was Soccer City Stadium, in Johannesburg when the closing ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa began.

The “African Calabash” as Soccer City is addressed was decorated in all the colours of the 32 participating teams. South African artist Stoan Seate opened the ceremony before handing over to Shakira and Freshly Ground who performed the official world cup song “Waka Waka“.

Other artists who performed on this historic night to bid farewell to the “African World Cup” included: South African group and Grammy award winners Lady-Smith Black Mambazo, Abigail Khubeka, South African traditional group Ihashi Elimhlophe, Theo Kgosinkwe and Afrikaans artist Nandi.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Abigail Khubeka

The African All-Stars (without Kelly Rowland) were also booked to perform their world cup song “Everywhere You Go“. The African All-Stars included the likes of 2Face, Jozi, Slikour and Zulu Boy. Big-ups to SA renowned choreographer Somizi, who did an excellent job on the choreography! The dances had a bit of everything from all corners of South African with a touch of a dance called “Sbujwa” invented in non-other than Soweto.

After all the performances, the stage was set for the final game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa. Match number 64! It all boils down to this! (pun intended, lol) I also spotted a few famous faces including Morgan Freeman, Paris and Nicky Hilton.

Highlights of the night included Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro who graced Soccer City to bid farewell to the Fifa World Cup that he lifted 4 years ago in Germany (but failed dismally to defend their title this year!). And did I mention that the FIFA World Cup was locked safely in a Louis Vuitton case? (a fan tried to snag it too, lol).

The biggest highlight was seeing former South African President Dr. Nelson Mandela on the Soccer City pitch. Accompanied by his wife Graca Machel (and a host of bodyguards), he finally got to seize the moment he had waited so long for since 2004. Madiba Magic was in Soccer City and the remaining two teams wanted a bit of it, if not all of it to see them through. Sadly, uTata Mandela could not stay until the final whistle to hand over the cup to the winning team, all this for the sake of his health (it was freezing cold in Johannesburg). From this point onwards, it was all up to Spain and the Netherlands to claim what belongs to them! The furnace was set on fire, question was: who would withstand the heat to lead their team to victory? (A question Spain answered with 1 Goal).

From your girl Allegro DinkwanyaneI’m just saying with a lot of pride“, so have your say…

What were your greatest memories of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa?


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Muah & ♥ ya for it!

farai – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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