Given South Africa's long-time excellence in film making, the television coverage of SA2010 was very creative and brilliant in the live coverage of matches and the visual forays into the

Images and colours of South Africa 2010
stands to catch the over three million spectators.

Particularly spectacular was the resort to aerial shots to give extended bird-eye views of matches in progress.

Embarrassing revelations of the human error of referees and their assistants, as in the disallowed England goal against Germany (which had actually crossed the line); Argentina's offside goal against Mexico; and the controversial last minute goal-bound shot by Ghana, pushed back by Suarez (had the WHOLE ball crossed the line?) - make a strong case for the incorporation of technology in football, in line with electronic umpiring in tennis and cricket.

The close-ups and slow-motions in replays were sweet and showed why football is called the beautiful game


The colours of SA2010 were expected exaggerations of football-fan fashion. The usual faces of fans painted in national colours wearing 'national' painted wigs. The Netherlands fans, the Orange Army, dressed in orange-coloured suits and micro-skirts stood out amongst the subdued blues, greens, whites and lighter shades of yellows and reds that made up the attires of other countries' fans.

It was interesting to observe that while the England fans had 'temporary' red St. George's crosses painted on their faces, their star player, Rooney, had his indelibly tattooed on his left shoulder! The most adventurous fans were definitely the New Zealanders, dressed in furry Kiwi outfits.

SA2010 was hosted by the Rainbow nation and by quirk of coincidence, apart from being the most successful so far in terms of the design and colours of the stadia used, was also the World Cup of the most national Rainbow teams! Prior to SA2010, a female member of the racist French National party sarcastically observed that the French team could not be identified as truly French; conveniently forgetting that the French team that won the 1998 World Cup had seven black players.

The Netherlands team at SA2010 had three, as against at least five black players in their usual squads, while South Africa surprisingly did not field their lone white player throughout the tournament. England, the U.S.A, and now Switzerland, are rainbow teams.

The biggest surprise was Germany, the land of Hitler and 'the superior race', fielding a rainbow team from a squad in which 11 of their 23 players are not 'original' Germans.

One of the beauties of SA2010 was watching the Germany-Ghana match in which two brothers, Jerome and Prince Boateng, by the same Ghanaian father and different German mothers, played for Germany and Ghana respectively. An octopus is credited for predicting that Spain would beat Netherlands in the final, but isn't there some karma in football as well? The great grand children of those who tried to destroy South Africa with racism and apartheid were not 'allowed' to reap the joy of winning their first World Cup in the same now beautiful Rainbow nation!