*Africa’s Most Memorable World Cup Moments*
1. The 2010 Opening Ceremony
Its improper to look at Africa’s Most Memorable WORLD CUP Moments without starting with Africa hosting the world Cup for the 1st time.
The opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup, the first on African soil will be the kick off of today’s episode.
There were 94,000 in attendance at Soccer City in Johannesburg as South Africa’s much-anticipated World Cup finally kicked off.
Highlights of the 40-minute ceremony included a five-plane military fly-past, troupes of drummers and dancers, a giant beetle and an amazing map of the African continent.
Finally, the World Cup had arrived on African soil.
The ceremony involved 1500 performers, including Thandiswa Mazwai, Timothy Moloi, Hugh Masekela, Khaled, Femi Kuti, Osibisa, R. Kelly, TKZee, Hip Hop Pantsula and the Soweto Gospel Choir.
It wasn’t a good day for the late Nelson Mandela who lost his great-granddaughter, who was killed in a car crash earlier in that day.
The former president wasn’t present at the ceremony but a pre-recorded message appeared on the stadium screens instead.
Dignitaries from 4 organizations and 24 countries attended the event, which included 20 heads of state and 18 eminent persons.
Then FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the then South African president Jacob Zuma and other South Africa delegates were around to watch the historic moment.
It was one of Africa glamorous moments in the World Cup history.
Though host country South Africa didn’t go past the group stages, they would never forget they hosted the World Cup for the 1st time in Africa history.