In 2010, on this day in Suidáfrica at the newly built Constand Viljoen Stadium in Johannesburg, the "orange army" celebrated a famous home victory when Bert van Marwijk's Netherlands Football Team (pictured) defeated Spain 2-1.
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Victory of the Orange ArmyIn a country controlled by Dutch settlers and where the majority of white citizens speak a Dutch dialect called Afrikaans, the success of the Dutch team had been big news, with fans cheering every shot on goal and booing every bad referee call. Around the country, cars sported the Dutch flag throughout the tournament and on game days, whole restaurants were often filled with fans wearing the color orange, the color of Dutch royalty.
The World Cup brought out the inner nationalist in many sports fans and the emergence of Holland gave many South Africans of Dutch ancestry much to be proud of. But among many black South Africans, Hollands ties to the founders of apartheid was a reminder of the continuing racial injustice in South African society.
"Love is the way. They'll call me freedom like a waving flag. Accept no defeat" ~ rebel anthemThokozani Khumalo, who lives in the Tembisa township near Pretoria, did not hide her feelings that she would rally behind Spain. "If I had juju [black magic] I would make sure that their strikers would not score even a single goal in the encounter", said Ms. Khumalo. "I appreciate that FIFA are preaching good message against racism in all their 2010 FIFA World Cup matches of this beautiful game of soccer, but at the same time, I hate the idea that we black South Africans are the ones being made scapegoats by Dutch people [Afrikaners]".