5 Dec 2009

World Cup party starts in Cape Town

12:24 pm on 5 December 2009

Thousands of fans partied into the night on the streets of Cape Town to celebrate the World Cup draw despite hosts South Africa being thrown into one of the tournament's tricky groups.

South Africa, given a seeded rating as hosts despite lacklustre recent performances, were drawn to face Mexico in the opening match on June 11 next year and must also play two former World Cup winners, Uruguay and France, in Group A.

Many South Africans resigned themselves to an early exit but that did not seem to dampen the atmosphere at Cape Town's main party venue, the city's trendy Long Street.

Local and foreign fans, many with flags of their favourite teams painted on their faces, thronged the bars and restaurants.