Saturday, 22 May 2010

Football and Rugby in Soweto

Soweto was a busy place today, as two major events were held just a few kilometers away from each other. The Nedbank Cup final between eventual winners Bidvest Wits and Amazulu was held at Soccer City in its inaugural professional match, whilst Orlando Stadium hosted the Blue Bulls Super 14 semi final against the Crusaders from New Zealand.
This was the first time rugby of this calibre had been brought to the township and it was embraced by all and regarded by some to be as important a step in reconciliation as Nelson Mandela wearing the Springbok jersey in 1995.
It was a total success with the Bulls win securing a Super 14 final in Soweto next week, which will no doubt be a success, not only for Soweto, but for the entire South Africa as it's guaranteed to be a South African victory, as the two finalists are the Bulls from Pretoria and the Stormers from Cape Town. A victory for South Africa in so many ways...
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