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African Expectations

Rosemary Mroba Gaisie/ Radio Ghana/ Twenty Ten

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

AUDIO: The expectations of Africans with regard to the World Cup.

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CUE: Hopes were so high for Africa, prior to the start of the first staged World Cup tournament in South Africa. With the early exit of five of her six representatives, and the painful knock out of the last African team, Ghana, at the quarter final stage, what story has Africa got to tell? Radio Ghana’s Rosemary Gaisie sought to find out from African supporters at Yeoville Recreational Centre and California Pub and Restaurant, in Johannesburg, before and after Africa’s last game at the tournament.

FX: MUSIC AT RECREATIONAL CENTRE

NARRATOR: The Guateng Province in South Africa had brought together, a number of African supporters to do what they know best in music and dance, just to whip up morale for the last African representative at the tournament. Africa was at her best in celebrating unity and success, even before the kick off of the crucial quarter final game.

CLIP I: TALK OF UNITY AND SUCCESS

NARRATOR: While in the jubilant mood, many African supporters had in mind the huge task ahead, which was Ghana to win over Uruguay to attempt playing either in the finals or for a third place. This was where the great expectations lied.

CLIP 2: AFRICAN’S EXPECTATION AT THE WORLD CUP

NARRATOR: To find out whether these expectations were met, I joined African fans at California Pub and Restaurant, here in Johannesburg to watch the big game - Ghana versus Uruguay.

FX: BACKGROUND NOISE-PUB

NARRATOR: After the many cheers, disappointment then set in….

CLIP 3: REMARKS AFTER MATCH

NARRATOR: The feeling was, however, not the same with these three gentlemen. They felt luck was not on the side of Africa.

CLIP 4: SYMPATHISING WITH THE STARS.

NARRATOR: Despite the unpleasant and some satisfactory remarks about Africa’s performance at the 2010 World Cup, many others are proud of some continental achievements.

CLIP 5: AFRICA’S ACHIEVEMENT AT 2010 WORLD CUP

NARRATOR: In spite of the many achievements Africa can boast of at the world’s soccer fiesta, some fans believe there are some bottle necks, that need to be cleared to go the extra mile in subsequent tournaments.

CLIP 6: FUTURE EXPECTATIONS

NARRATOR: After managing the oops, the heart breaks, the aches and pains of Africa at 2010 World Cup, the dust may be settling, or might have settled now. Africa can perhaps take consolation from the fact, that, the sense of belonging was much felt among its people, when the continent hosted the world through football. It is hoped this sense of unison permeates all other Africa endeavours, particularly in the political arena.

Rosemary Gaisie, reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa for Twenty Ten.

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