Dreaming continent

Up to now everything is fine. The stadiums have been completed in time and the rumours about terrible crimes have remained rumours to the incredibly brave tourists that have made the dangerous way to South Africa. Politicians as well as FIFA officials are very proud of this success. Who would have thought that Africa would be able to do this job? And a South African footballer even said that they have now shown the world that Africa can do anything. That they are not lazy or incompetent. He may be absolutely right.

However, it should not be forgotten that while there are sparkling stadiums in South Africa, the stadiums in the other African countries look like the one above. Cold, hard concrete rows. No fences, no security guys, no seats, no bars. Still, the spectators are enjoying the game that makes the poor continent dream….

(Copyright by Michael Schilliger, 2007)

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