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The visiting fans could make themselves heard above the roar of the vuvezelas.

South African fast food chain Nandos are well-known for edgy promotion campaigns but it has taken a risk in the one planned for Saturday June 12,

If Mexico lose the World Cup 2010 opener against hosts Bafana Bafana on Friday then on the following day, any Mexican who takes his or her passport along to any South African branch will be given a free lunch.

Nandos are hoping that the explosion of joy that would follow such a result in the Rainbow Nation would more than compensate for what could be thousands of hungry customers demanding comfort food.

An estimated 15,000 Mexican fans have descended upon Soccer City on Friday to watch their heroes in action at the 88,000 capacity arena and they are have one intention – to spoil the huge party atmosphere that has been present in South Africa for days.

“We love it here, it’s great,” Jose Martinez from Nuevo Lerado told

“It is great to see so many Mexicans and if we have to ruin the atmosphere here, then for one day, we can do it. Just for today and then we will be friends again.”

The 37 year-old predicted both teams will progress to the second round at the expense and France and Uruguay.

“Whatever happens today we want to go to the second round with South Africa in second place. France and Uruguay will be no problem.

“We have the talent to win today. It is going to be very difficult in this atmosphere with everyone against us but we will win either 2-0 or 2-1.”

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