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Date Added:02/03/14Last Checked:02/03/14
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Having moved from the UK to South Africa three years before the 2010 FIFA World Cup I have been lucky enough to enjoy the build up to the tournament and unfortunate enough to have paid to watch England during it. The football overall may not have been the best but the tournament was a great success for the country and I enjoyed the opportunity to write about the tournament for publications back in the UK. So much so that I am keeping it going here in an effort to keep the ayoba spirit alive and to explain to anyone who cares to read how (if) the tournament has left a legacy on the local game.

This is really for anyone outside South Africa who may be wondering what the ‘real’ football is like here now the big global event is over. I am not pretending to be an expert - I‘ve only been watching for three years myself and then mostly on TV with the odd live game here and there. If you are coming over to visit at all hopefully I can inspire you to attend a game yourself.

I was advised not to bother with watching local football when I moved down here three seasons ago (Football fans measure time in seasons not years). Rugby and cricket - yes all good, football not so good. Sadly this is often accurate but back in the UK I was once a season ticket holder at Walsall so I do not expect much from my football. Misplaced passes and crosses spooned into empty stands are things I can identify with. It was rarely Ayoba at Bescot Stadium.

Be warned I am not venturing out of Cape Town. South Africa is huge and I am skint so I will not be going on a pilgrimage to Soccer City every other weekend. Fortunately we have three PSL sides in the city so all the big names will have to come down here at some point . There is also non stop football coverage on TV from live games played in front of three men and a vuvuzela to endless inane analysis shows. If I get stuck I‘ll just copy what Doc Khumalo has to say on a Monday night and pretend I am the expert.

Check back here from time to tome to see how our football is progressing post World Cup and in particular if the Cape Town sides can challenge the traditional South African soccer heartlands in the north of the country.