Can anyone forget the FIFA World Cup™ that was held here four years ago? That time when we felt bonded to every other South African, that time we were ecstatic that we were pulling it off (despite the naysayers), and that time where you were the exception if weren’t flying a South African flag outside your house, or fitting SA “gloves” on our car side mirrors.
It was also a memorable time as I finally learnt the off-side rule, and I learnt how to blow a vuvuzela, albeit quite meekly.
I know we’re all feeling nostalgic and a bit heartsore with the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ approaching, but there’s a story that has touched me, which brings a bit of glow to the longings for 2010. The story involves a 14-year-old boy, Luyanda Mdlalose, a football player and fan, who was chosen with three others to go to Brazil, as part of the COPA Coca-Cola® programme.
The goal for COPA Coca-Cola® is to unite teens in over 60 countries around the world to celebrate their love for football. They organise tournaments around the world, and this year they’re sending some teenagers from around the world on a dream trip to Brazil (a dream trip for adults too, and not just football-playing ones!).
Have a look at some of Luyanda’s application… it warms my heart.
I’m going to be following Luyanda’s journey to the FIFA World Cup™ with COPA Coca-Cola, as well as what he’ll be doing and seeing there.
To follow the story, keep checking back here, and follow @CocaCola on Twitter and the #WorldsCupZA hashtag.