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Next stop for South Africa

Andrew Harding | 17:10 UK time, Sunday, 27 June 2010


I've just driven down to Bloemfontein with the author of this article
looking at the next sporting hurdle for South Africa. A few weeks ago I'm sure a lot of people would have said "no chance" but surely not any more.

The four-hour trip from Johannesburg seemed like one long procession of hooting England fans. Last week the half-way petrol stop was packed with South Africans and their blaring vuvuzelas, heading for the show-down against France. This morning was a lot quieter, as German and English fans lined their stomachs with eggs and sausages at the garage café.

Incidentally, President Zuma said South Africa would never be the same after the World Cup. Togo's striker Emmanuel Adebayor said much the same about the continent as a whole. As we head into the final stages of the tournament, I'm keen to hear from South Africans who have concrete experience of that. Has the World Cup changed your life?


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