SA going football crazy
As South Africa readies itself for the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup later tonight, the nation is buzzing with anticipation for the finale of what has turned out to be highly entertaining tournament.
With football fever still gripping the country, shopping malls, roads, restaurants and pubs have all been celebrating the festival of football on hand. And for those who ventured to Nelson Mandela square in Sandton, Johannesburg today, they were treated to more than just a few good bargains in the city's shopping mecca, with the Sony FevaPitch 5-a-side regional finals on the go.
With music to entertain the growing crowds and some scintillating football on offer, it did not take long before Nelson Mandela Square was heaving with eager spectators.
"There is such a good vibe around here, soccer is about bringing people together and this is what is happening here today and for the Confederations Cup as well. Everyone is just smiling and enjoying soccer," said Kgomotso Nonyame who passed by the Sony FevaPitch tournament while shopping with his friends.
For Nonyame the FIFA Confederations Cup has been a huge success. "It has been a great tournament so far, everything has gone so well but I just wish South Africa had made it to the final."
There is such a huge buzz around the country now, it is like we all have soccer fever at the moment," said Kamal Ranchod who was performing as a freestyle football artist during the tournament.
As a talented football player, Ranchod is happy that the FIFA Confederations Cup is doing its job of promoting football in South Africa.
"This has definitely been an interesting tournament and the teams have all been playing well. All of this is good for the development of football in this country as more people get interested," said Ranchod.
For Michael Khoza, the Sony FevaPitch 5-a-side regional final, which will see the winners take part in the national finals in December, is a great way to start the day, and he has plans to celebrate through the night as he watches the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup with friends.
"The vuvuzelas will be sounding tonight, I am so excited to have football everywhere, on the streets, in this square and in the stadium."