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Female Support (AJ)

Ahmed Jallanzo/Twenty Ten

Associated features: 2010 relationships (Text feature), A female football fan, Ghana (Photo feature), Old is gold, Kenya (Photo feature), Girlfriends (Photo feature), La Femme en Noir, Congo (Photo feature), Football Iron Lady, Liberia (Photo feature), Hijabs for soccer boots, Egypt (Audio feature), Femme et foot, Burkina Faso (Audio feature), Women supporters, Ghana (Audio feature), Sudan female football (Audio feature), Women in Egypt (Audio feature), Femme arbitre, Congo (Audio feature), Personal penalties (Text feature), Femme de footballeur (Text feature), Passion de femme (Text feature) and War on women (Text feature)

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Women embrace the FIFA fever.

Fans in their hundreds turned out for Bafana Bafana's last game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against France on June 22, 2010 in New Town Fan Park. Dressed in their yellow and green and clutching vuvuzelas, men, women and children packed the venue in support of their team.

Although football is generally viewed as a man's sport, women nationwide have been embracing the FIFA fever that has swept the country. With South Africa being the first African nation to host the World Cup, the excitement has been contagious and the female population has refused to be left out. Whether they accompany their men to fan parks and public viewing areas, or get together with their girlfriends to watch at home, South African women have been giving football their full attention for the duration of the World Cup.

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