Sights and sounds of Mzansi

HARARE - In a couple of weeks, the African Nations Cup will explode into life in South Africa, over two years after the World Cup brought  Africa’s richest nation to a standstill, in most cases literally.

For some of us who were privileged to be part of hundreds, if not thousands of journalists who covered the event for different media organisations, the Nations Cup is the perfect cure for the hangover caused by the big party of 2010.

Fans from cross the world descended on several South African cities and thoroughly enjoyed their African experience in the streets, bars and stadiums across this vast and diverse nation.

The thousands of international visitors who came down really had a blast, and it was not surprising when a host of international journalists, who had covered more than two World Cups in their careers, hailed South Africa 2010 as one of the most vibrant ever.

Despite it being my first World Cup, I could not also help feel that Mzansi 2010 had a different vibe altogether.

The football on the pitch might not have matched those of previous tournaments, but all the same, what a tournament, what atmosphere and what a spectacle! The Rainbow Nation shone throughout and made African hearts swell with pride.

The Nations Cup is a smaller tournament, yes, but I don’t doubt South Africa’s capacity to make it a little World Cup, a replication of 2010.

Sadly, for Zimbabweans, we have once again been reduced to armchair spectators, cheering from a distance and basking in the deflected glory of other countries in the name of regional solidarity.

What a big shame!

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