Ayodeji Adegbenro
A year ago, the African continent captured the world’s imagination as the 2010 World Cup kicked off in South Africa.

It was the 19th edition of the competition but the first on African soil and we did not disappoint as the Rainbow Nation and indeed the African continent delivered a spectacular showpiece that the world will not forget in a hurry.

From Archbishop DESMOND TUTU’s speech at the pre-tournament concert to SHAKIRA’s gyration to Waka Waka (I still like the song), the tournament was never short of excitement; SIPHIWE TSHABALALA’s opening goal and the team’s well choreographed celebration afterwards, the delightful Dutch, the ruthlessly efficient Germans, the all conquering Spaniards, and the underwhelming English.

I also have to mention the dancing stars from Ghana, the exciting Yankees, the undefeated Kiwis, the brave Koreans and the self destructive French (that was karma at its finest).

The sheer drama of the soccer fiesta must have made STEVEN SPIELBERG go green with envy; FRANK LAMPARD’s goal that never was, NIGEL DeJONG’s audition for a role in shaolin soccer, ROBERT GREEN’s howler, YAKUBU’s miss and DEIGO MARADONA’s tears are some of the highlights of tournament.

The peak for me ASAMOAH GYAN’s last minute penalty miss that would have put Africa in the semi final of the World cup for the first time in history ( I don’t blame SUAREZ). Had Baby Jet scored, the whole continent would have gone mental!

Despite the presence of the world’s best players in South Africa, the real super stars were the fans, the Vuvuzelas and Octopus Paul (who is now chilling in the cephalopods’ paradise)

It remains to be seen if the African continent will ever play host to the world’s biggest soccer competition again in this generation, but it will be told in folklore from Cairo to Cape Town, from Addis Ababa to Conakry, from Tunis to Lusaka, that we staged the best World Cup the world has ever seen!

And if there is anyone who ever doubted the ability of we Africans to achieve whatever we want to achieve, South Africa 2010 was your answer.


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