South Africa: From sporting pariahs to World Cup hosts
Late last year, Panorama filmed with a team of skilful players in the shadow of the impressive Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. For these footballers the beautiful game didn't offer riches or international acclaim, but perhaps something more important - a shot at redemption.
For this was a team with a difference - made up of gang members and drug addicts from some of Cape Town's most notorious townships.
South Africa may now be well into its second decade as a multi-racial democracy but the country is still struggling with many deep-rooted problems, like unemployment, poverty, crime and drug addiction.
One area where the country has been able to shine is through sport.
However, the country found itself isolated from international competition in 1971 following a sustained opposition campaign to its apartheid policy.
Quite simply, it became too politically charged to engage South African teams in international sport and the country began over 20 years in the sporting wilderness.
Panorama reported on some of the problems this created for the sporting authorities inside South Africa in 1971 amid their desire to re-open international competition.
Unfortunately, the political authorities at that time were about to enter into a period of hardline repression of the black rights movement and racial freedom in sport became just one of its many casualties.
The South African cricket tour to England planned for the summer of 1970 was one of the first high-profile casualties as the international community's condemnation of apartheid resulted in an unofficial, but widespread boycott.
Panorama reported in 1970 before the tour was postponed and again it was evident that many of those involved in South African sport had no problem in playing multi-racial sport.
It's difficult to say why those involved in sports in South Africa at that time - especially those from the ruling white minority - were relatively liberal.
While some theorise that it was rooted in the threat of a sporting boycott by the international community, the more optimistic view is that it was borne of the epitome of the sporting ideal - the notion of fair play.
If so, those sport men and women of the 1970s who spoke out did so a good 20 years before the ideal of fair play spread to the nation's political leadership.