Focus on South Africa

South Africa left with emptiness to fill

July 12, 2010
By Firdose Moonda, South Africa
The excitement that hung in the air like invisible popcorn seeds waiting to burst open could only be overtaken by one thing on World Cup final day - a profound sadness.

I call it final day because for South Africans this day was not Sunday, the day before Monday, the day after Saturday, July 11 or anything else. It was final day, the day they were most waiting for and most dreading at the same time. It would mark the climax of Africa's first World Cup and would signal the end of six years ...

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