How important is the World Cup for Africa?
The 2010 World Cup has opened in South Africa. What will the world's biggest football tournament bring to the continent?
Thousands of fans gathered for the launch at Johannesburg's 94,000-capacity Soccer City and saw the first match between the host country and Mexico end in a 1-1 draw.
As well as a sporting tournament, the World Cup hopes to give the continent a chance to present a more positive image to the world. Vast amounts of money have been spent on constructing new stadiums and improving infrastructure in a bid to attract sports fans.
What impact will the World Cup have on Africa? Will ordinary Africans benefit? Are you based in the region? Will you be watching the matches? How will you celebrate?
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