26 Jun 2010

South Africa to keep flying the flags

10:06 am on 26 June 2010

South Africa plans to have a million flags flying next week to maintain the momentum of the World Cup despite the host nation being bundled out of the tournament.

A "One Million Flags March" to ensure that fans stick with the World Cup is planned for July 3rd.

The march will focus on South Africans, raising and flying their flags and those of other participating countries, to show their continued support for Africa's first World Cup.

FIFA and local organisers have long been concerned that South Africa's early elimination, would reduce not only the crowds and passion but also dilute the unifying effect of the tournament in a country still torn by racial and social divisions.

This has been compounded by the fact that six African countries participating in the World Cup, four including South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria and Algeria have been knocked out in the first phase.