World Cup a triumph for Africa, not for game

Superb modern stadiums, huge enthusiasm from the crowds and the total demise of the doom-mongers' dire predictions of a tournament wrecked by inefficient organisation and violent crime put a feather in the cap of Africa in general and of South Africa in particular.

But, unfortunately for the three million who turned up at the stadiums and the billions who watched on television, the tournament never really took off where it mattered - on the pitch.

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