South Africa’s midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is now a hero in the Rainbow Nation after scoring a left-footed blast in the 55th minute of the Mexico vs. South Africa World Cup opener.
Nevermind that Tshabalala's goal did not win the game for Bafana Bafana – or “The Boys, The Boys,” as South Africa’s team is known. (The game ended in a tie after sloppy defense from South Africa allowed an easy goal by Mexico’s Marquez.)
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The goal was followed by a Macarena-like dance near the corner flag in front of the home crowd at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium and inspired Archbishop Desmond Tutu to do a little jig in the stands.
The tie only gives South Africa one point instead of the three points for a win, but it’s worth much more than that for them. It gives a much-needed boost of confidence as they continue on to play France and Uruguay; teams, like Mexico, that have far more international experience.