Friday, 11 June 2010

I’m dreaming: World Cup 2010 (2)

Tutu Last night Desmond Tutu stood on stage at the Kick Off celebration concert in the Orlando stadium Soweto to launch the World Cup. As he looked out at the huge crowd the former Archbishop couldn’t contain his excitement as he cried: ‘Just fantastic... Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's unbelievable. I'm dreaming, man... Wake me up. What a lovely dream...’.

Desmond’s exuberant expression summed up the excitement and joy of his people at staging the World Cup in South Africa. Who could have believed twenty years ago that this would be possible? Asked in interview whether the money for the tournament could have been better spent Tutu answered ‘man does not live by bread alone’.

The World Cup begins tonight with the hosts playing Mevuvuzelaxico. Be warned this tournament is going to be loud as the vuvuzelas favoured by the fans make a heck of a din. If Desmond’s outfit last night is anything to go by then it’s also going to be a riot of colour as well as a fantastic celebration.

On a sadder note, the great-granddaughter of Nelson Mandela was killed in a car crash on the way home from the concert. As we remember him and his family in their grief let’s pray for safety and security throughout this festival of football.

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika.

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