With tickets all unreserved and costing just R30, the best seats – around the halfway mark – were already taken when we arrived an hour or so before kick-off. Our seats were nevertheless superb, with
The atmosphere was fantastic, with the crowd in festive mood. And those put out by the vuvuzela cacophony can take comfort in knowing that a wad of cotton wool in each ear mutes the sound sufficiently for you to still enjoy being part of the throng.
By the time the game started, the place was almost full to its 48 000 capacity, with fans even taking up seats on the top tier.
The surface looked superb, with passes rolling along the grass like woods on a
But once again, three cheers to the stadium itself, which showed it will prove an ideal showcase during next year’s football fiesta. Roll on the World Cup!
With over an hour till kick-off, the stands around the half-way line were already packed.
A giant Blue Samurai shirt and other Japanese calligraphy and images occupied part of the stand. It later made way for more fans.