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World Cup party starts in South Africa

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World Cup party starts in South Africa


When you have waited six years for a party, you know its going to be a good one.

South Africa won its bid to host the football World Cup in 2004, and what was for so long a dream is now becoming reality.

The supporters of 32 nations have gathered on the African continent for the first time – ahead of Friday’s opening match.

“The atmosphere is really good. There are people of all nationalities here. Algeria’s not playing in Johannesburg, so there aren’t many Algerians here. But the atmosphere is extraordinary.” said one.

“Vuvuzelas pretty much everywhere, people in their colours, it’s fantastic. Little kids, everyone dancing, everyone’s having fun, people cheering, everyone smiling, its a great atmosphere.”
“It’s fantastic, we’ve had nothing but brilliance the entire time we’ve been here, everyone’s so friendly, we just love it.” were the words of Australian fans.

“It’s heartwarming to be here, it’s the first time we’ve come to the World Cup. Thank God its in Africa. It’s really heartwarming.” said a man from Cameroon.

“I don’t know why they are saying the trumpets will scare us, we invented the vuvuzela trumpet in Mexico years ago, we all know what they sound like and it isn’t going to scare us.” said a defiant Mexican.

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