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Has Africa got World Cup fever?

Chikodili Emelumadu | 14:16 UK time, Thursday, 10 June 2010

The World Cup is here, and we are taking the temperature from across the continent.

 

 

wc_mascot.jpgListen again to the BBC's Vera Kwakofi in South Africa, where excitement is building among fans and players who have converged on the country from all over the world.   

We would like you to link your voices with theirs. Let us know what your experiences are of the teams representing the continent. Who do you think will win? What matches will you be attending? Have you mastered the art of blowing the vuvuzela? Perhaps you have made new friends from countries that you never thought you would visit? Send us your stories. 

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    I am very glad that the world greatest sport is finally in our homeland for the first time. I have a hope that one of the African teams will eventually reach the final or semi-final like sengeal in 2002. I hope that Ivory cost, Cameroon,Ghana and Algeria will be alright. in addition to this, some of the other teams I did not mentioned may be able to do good since sport is unpredictable.

  • Comment number 2.

    I really did not expect much from my Nigerian Team, cos we actually do not have a strong team at the moment, but I'm relying on God of soccer to deliver a miracle for super Eagles in South africa. [Personal details removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 3.

    The temperature in Nigeria right now is about 1000 degree celcius. There is excitment and axiety too. We expect our teams to live up to expectations most especially as it is been hosted by an African nation. It will be nice too if the cup is won by an African nation. I am looking forward to watching the first match with my friends while we drink and eat. I wish all the teams best of luck as they vie for the world cup.

  • Comment number 4.

    The 2010 World Cup fever is within Africa and can be felt in every part of Africa. Be it Muslim or Christian African Country, the World fever symptoms are 120% very high.

  • Comment number 5.

    Frankly speaking, though the african teams certainly have some very talented players in Eto, Drogba and others, as a team they do not have the bottle to go till the end. They are not there yet. They can not see beyond the nose of their own. They are happy with what they have got. Qulaification for the second round is their highset target. Beyond is a bonus.

  • Comment number 6.

    yes,we have the world cup fever. Africans generally are FOOTBALL FREAKS as such,the football fever catching us right now should be understandable. It was said that Manchester United has more fans in Nigeria than all of Europe combined.
    Moreso, the fact that we are hosting the world cup for the first time is no small feat for us as Africans. I for one is proud that South Africa has done the continent proud.
    One Love Africa!

  • Comment number 7.

    The fever is here and i can only say that the fans there should keep on.Its like i am already in South Africa.My only fear is that my Team from Cameroon seams not prepared for the Bonanza like my heroes in the the nineties.However thank God for letting Madiba see this day.
    Thanks bbc for being by ourside.
    Kupong valentine Bamenda,Cameroon

  • Comment number 8.

    Dear BBC,Thanks for letting africans enjoy the celebrations both on TV and Radio.In fact you have the interest of Africans at heart.The world has always seen immages of povert and sufering from africa and today they have seen that all they see does not reflect the whole continent and its people.We are a happy people but we don't have leaders in the like of Madiba who has greatly change the face of africa.In fact keep on portraying us from all ends as you do.

  • Comment number 9.

    South Africa are going to suffer for lack of discipline.

    They were very lucky that the Mexicans' first goal was offside - the keeper steamed out into no-man's land like a complete buffoon, when he hadn't the slightest chance of getting the ball.

    And then, for Marquez's goal, the defence came out for offside - except one guy, who went backwards and played about three Mexicans on.

    They need to keep calm and use their intelligence - they are losing the plot.

  • Comment number 10.

    There is wave after wave of jubilations in my city, Lusaka. It's like Zambia is playing in South Africa. Vuvuzelas started sounding as early as 4am and I thought I was dreaming. Everyone seems to be behind the Africa teamns although there is a sense of disatisfaction the credetials of African team to reach the second round. Long live Africa!

  • Comment number 11.

    Dear BBC,The world cup has started with celebrations but we are not so happy in Bamenda cameroon. We could not watch the opening game because of power cuts.I think you will find time to revisit this problem.The match of France and Uraqua was not seen here in Bamenda Cameroon.
    I am Pleading with our belove Governor Kumpa Isa to give spercific instructions to those incharge to make sure We watch Cameroon and Japan without any power failure.

  • Comment number 12.

    I think the best comment was from someone who said, "Personally, I think that the only significance of this World Cup is that it will be the last chance for the world to see what's left of the current South Africa, before corruption and violence drag it down into a mirror image of Zimbabwe".
    The most nauseating thing about African governments is ostentatiousness. The money spent on this soon-to-be-white-elephant stadiums could have gone a long way in improving peoples' sanitation, clean water, better housing and supply electricity to the rural areas. But, of course, outsiders won't see sanitation or clean water or housing or supplying electricity to the rural areas but they can see state-of-the-art stadiums which is why they is no desire to improve peoples' lives but spent borrowed money on useless projects. [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]They should get their priorities right - hosting the World Cup is not going to improve peoples' lives. Rich countries can afford to host the World Cup and S Africa will never reach that stage because of rampant corruption. S Africa has to borrow electricity from poor Zimbabwe just to impress outsiders. If you think about it some of the millions would have been better spent in new electric power resources instead of asking for aid from the rich nations.

  • Comment number 13.

    To many of its passionate fans, soccer is more than just a game. It is life itself — with many of its emotions and symbolism..With its 204 member countries, world soccer's governing body, FIFA, has more members than the United Nations. But ... See more besides being a force for good in the world. Every four years, the World Cup sets new records for the size of its audience and that is what explains the game's attractiveness for its mass audience. I will be curious to see the outcome of this years South African World Cup

  • Comment number 14.

    oyeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!! Africa u have potetial.

  • Comment number 15.

    definately world cup fever, what got me is the official world cup 2010 song, Tsamina mina eh eh, Waka Waka eh eh, Tsamina mina Zangalewa Awana aaha. That song (the original) by golden sounds was a song we listened to at Weddings in my country and is very common song in Africa especially in the 80's and finding out the connection of the African DJ's taking to Columbia in the 80's also, and that's why Shakira decided on that tune, was what gripped me.

  • Comment number 16.

    [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]Coming back to the issue of the 2010 WC, personally, I think that it has united all Africans in South Africa more than ever before. Mind you, there were lots of criticisms about the WC going to SA, apart from the usual negativity coming from the West (UK, Germany and Australia), there were also stacks of White South Africans who were and are continuously spreading false stories with the intention of tarnishing the image of South Africa (and/or scaring off tourists from coming to SA for the WC tournament).

    FEEL IT, IT IS HERE!

  • Comment number 17.

    We started a campaign since last year where every football supporters wore their Bafana Bafana jersey on Fridays - it's called “Football Fridays”. We then moved on to encourage all South Africans to buy SA flags and hoist them on their cars and also support the other 5 African teams participating in the tournament. It's a pity that I couldn't get a single Bafana Bafana match tickets as they were sold out but then I decided to buy tickets for games like Ghana/Australia, North Korea/Ivory Coast, Cameroon/Denmark and Ghana/Germany in support of the other African BIG 5 teams.
    My wish is to see at least 2 African teams reaching the semi-finals.

  • Comment number 18.

    Definately the fever filled with pride is here.

 

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