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South Africa Media declares WC opener "Fantastic"

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South Africa local newspapers on Saturday declared the FIFA World Cup opener "Fantastic", celebrating in scoring the tournament's first goal and in finishing the first day with an exciting play.

The Star newspaper ran a half-page photo of rapturous flag-waving fans at Soccer City across its front page, under a headline "Ayoba, Mzansi!" - meaning roughly "Awesome, South Africa!" according to fifa.com reports.

Meanwhile, Former African footballer of the year Kalusha Bwalya, known as simply Kalusha recalled the opening ceremony and the moment as breathtaking and was happy about growth of African football and he called the goal to be simply fantastic as well.

"Respect! That's what we earned yesterday. Defying the prophets of gloom and doom, South Africa pulled off a stunning FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, and Bafana Bafana followed that up with a heart-stopping draw against Mexico," the paper's front page read.

"That our footballers came agonisingly close to winning, after being written off as no-hopers by many people just a few months ago, showed that we are not a nation of unrealistic dreamers. We might dream, but we have the courage, the energy and the commitment to make those dreams come true."

In the inside pages the paper ran a photos of joyous fans under the headline "Fantastic", images seen across South African media. "Goal!" screamed the Weekend Argus in Cape Town, on a half-page photo of Siphiwe Tshabalala rejoicing after scoring the FIFA World Cup's first goal.

However, The Citizen rued on the home team's near-victory, with a full page photo of a stunned Teko Modise as he narrowly missed a late-minute goal that would have taken the game. "Oh so close," the headline read. "Bafana almost pull off shock Cup victory."

source: fifa.com

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Story first published: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 15:58 [IST]
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