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Feelgood factor: fans ride wave of Bafana’s success in a stadium again

‘We are back to life’: just 2,000 fans got to watch Bafana win in person, but being there meant so much more

Belinda Pheto and Matthew Savides

It was a day 20 months in the making, and though there were fewer than 2,000 people present to mark the occasion, Tuesday October 12 will go down in South African history.

For it was on this day, for the first time since the outbreak of a global pandemic that has seen nearly 4.8-million people die and 240-million infected, that South Africans returned to watching live international sport as SA took on Ethiopia in a pivotal World Cup qualifier.

And just 10 minutes and 40 seconds into the game, those fans got what they would had hoped for — a Bafana Bafana goal. It was scrappy, with the ball bundled over the line from a corner, but it didn’t matter. After all, the scoresheet doesn’t say how the goal was scored...

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