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At the continental awards ceremony held last night in Accra, Ghana, CAF gave South Africa the award for the best supporters of 2009.

Members of the SAFSA (South African Football Supporters Association) have reiterated that winning the Best Supporters Award at the Annual Award Ceremony organised by CAF is a victory for the vuvuzela and for the friendly and passionate South African fans.

CAF has given the thumbs up to the proudly South African vuvuzela and football maniacs by bestowing South Africa with the Best Supporters Award in Ghana late last night.

The vote of confidence by the African football community is subsequent to a proud and patriotic showpiece of the rainbow nation during the Confederations Cup held in June 2009.

Receiving the award on behalf of SAFSA was Saddam Maake, prominent supporter of Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana, and in a statement he said: “This is a victory for the Vuvuzela, for South Africans and our international icon, Madiba [Nelson Mandela]. We have waited long enough and have worked so hard to get such recognition.

The Vuvuzela is our heritage, our pride and unique culture of celebrating and supporting our beautiful game of football. Long live the Vuvuzela!”

South Africa beat both the Nigerian and Ghanaian supporters, who were  finalists for the most fulfilling award.

Reacting to the news, SAFSA’s deputy chairman, Nale ‘Mzion’ Mofokeng has paid tribute to the patriotic football supporters and football stakeholders who stood behind Bafana Bafana through thick and thin.

“My fellow football slaves, the supporters, have rallied before, during and after the Confederations Cup, when everybody gave up hope on our national team. This victory is a true reflection and reward for their sacrifices and patriotism.

"Equally, I would like to thank the unsung heroes of football, our taxi drivers for faring safely and responsibly our football fans, the security personnel and sponsors for being there for us during the time of need,” Mzion said in a statement.

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