As South Africa prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Soccer World Cup on Thursday, 11 June, South African Football Association [SAFA] president Danny Jordaan recalls the beautiful sounds of the vuvuzela during the six-week tournament.
According to SAFA’s official website, South Africans and football fans around the world have started sharing their fond memories of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
A few days before the 10th anniversary of Africa’s historic first Soccer World Cup, SAFA’s #my2010memories campaign is encouraging fans to recall some of the tournament’s most unique aspects.
The vuvuzela was one of the tournament’s biggest talking points, vehemently supported by South African football fans for whom it is a way of life.
There is also a reminder of the popularity of the ‘Diski Dance’, a South African tourism initiative ahead of the tournament which showcased the country’s vibrancy and rhythm.
The pantsula-inspired street dance, which was inspired by South Africa’s “township football style” and “welcoming spirit”, became a popular tool to promote the tournament in new markets around the world.
“The vuvuzela was certainly a polarising factor during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, loved and hated in equal measure, but there’s no doubt it certainly left its mark in making the tournament one of the most unique in FIFA history,” recalls Jordaan.
“Even after the tournament, it was still blown by fans around the world. When I attended a game between the United States and Argentina at the Giants Stadium in New Jersey, I saw signs all over the stadium saying the vuvuzela was banned at the stadium.”
The nostalgia will come flooding back over the next few days and SAFA encourages football fans to use the #my2010memories hashtag to share their memories of this special time.