S. African soccer fans cheer for national team

09:02, June 12, 2010      

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Thousands of horn-blowing soccer fans turned out on South Africa's Garden route as their national footballers tied 1-1 with Mexico in the World Cup's opening match.

Huge numbers of fans, many dressed in the colors of the national squad, descended on a fan viewing site on Friday as their team went up against Mexico.

The two teams tied but the result was still more than enough for the fans... many of whom had been waiting 6 years for the start of the tournament.

South Africa fan said, "They are the heroes, I'm going to die with them."

"They rock, they rock. We never thought they will go this far but they went beyond out expectations."

South Africans have embraced the tournament in a swell of national pride not seen since Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990 and the first all-race election 4 years later.

Plastic trumpets called vuvuzelas blew throughout the whole match, regardless of how South Africa was playing.

The host nation will next play Uruguay on Wednesday while Mexico will meet France on Thursday.

Source: CCTV.com

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