On Wednesday the Bafana Bafana fans in the stadium, and the supporters from around the country, made me understand what my brother was trying to teach me as a child. He said that any person is capable of achieving great things, if they have your belief and support.
I think that was the lesson that I learned as I witnessed Bafana beating Angola 2-0. Yes, there were people who had written the team off following their poor start in the opening stalemate against Cape Verde.
The fans proved once again that anything can be achieved with just a bit of hope, perseverance, courage and risk.
What if Gordon Igesund did not bring in Lehlohonolo Majoro in the second half? What if Kagisho Dikgacoi did not get an injury, which possibly saw Dean Furman starting the match? What if Sangweni was shy to go forward and try his luck?
Anything can change your destiny, so it's important to trust and support the team, win or lose. I saw the fans at the Moses Mabhida singing “Sifuna usangweni’ meaning 'We want Sangweni'.
What was more interesting is that many fans stayed behind to watch the game between Cape Verde and Morocco. The vibe that was in the crowd made me wish that for once I could just leave the media section to go and sit with them.As I slept at night I kept on seeing the faces of some fans that were blowing Vuvuzela’s, but importantly the smiles of the South African fans were wonderful.
I saw people of different races who had not known each other, screaming and holding one another as the Angola goalkeeper tipped away Furman’s shot which was almost a goal.
The reaction of South African fans from end to end, underlined former South African president Nelson Mandela's words that 'sport unites people'.