Artikel vom 22. Juni 2010

Aus dem Tagebuch von Siphesishle Khumalo

Der 15-Jährige Siphesihle Khumalo nimmt teil an dem Projekt Thandanani in Pietermaritzburg, bei dem Waisen betreut werden.  Im April traf er den Kindernothilfe-Botschafter Urs Meier bei dessen Reise durch Südafrika und jetzt, während der WM, schreibt er Tagebuch. Für unseren Blog gewährt er uns einen kleinen Einblick. Nhlanhla Ndlovu, Entwicklungs-Koordinator von Thandanani, hat die Passagen ins Englische übersetzt.  

Opening Ceremonies

The opening ceremonies were so exciting and colourful. I saw a lot of things, including participating international music stars. The Soccer City stadium was full to capacity and everyone was happy. I could feel that the world cup is finally here in Mzansi. Young and old were enjoying themselves, and I wished I was there to join in the celebrations.

Vuvuzelas were blowing non-stop, people waving their flags and wearing colours of their respective countries. But South African colours dominated. I was also in my Bafana Bafana soccer jersey Malume (uncle) bought me. And I felt good being a South African.

The opening match

Soccer City stadium was again full to capacity. I couldn’t wait for the first whistle to have the game started. But at the same time I was scared that Mexico could be more experienced than Bafana Bafana. The first-half was always tense with Mexico threatening. It was only in the second-half when Bafana scored the first goal of the match that I relaxed hopping that they were going to beat Mexico. I felt said when they equalized, but it was good match with a lot of promising showing from Bafana Bafana. It was only said that Nelson Mandela had lost his grand-daughter a night before the opening match.

The match against Paraguay

Before the match Malume kept on telling me that Bafana if Bafana win they would progress to the next round. We watched that game in anticipation of a win. But when Itumeleng Khune was sent off I lost hope as he is our number one keeper. Losing by three goals to nil was a very said moment for me. But I still enjoyed watching other teams playing good football. I hope that we are going to win against France and join African countries like Ghana who seem destined to progress to the last 16. 3 or 4 goals are difficult to get, but God might be on our side. The showing by Spain was great and full of flair and I wish we do the same. “I will tell you more after the match against France this evening”, he says.