After 10 years, South Africa still counting 2010 World Cup gain

It has been 10 years since it was “time for Africa” and the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ remains a watershed of African excellence and achievement the continent continues to be proud of.

The tournament, held from 11 June to 11 July 2010, attracted a total of 3 178, 856 spectators to the the 64 games, at 10 stadiums in nine South African host cities.

It was shown in every single country and territory on Earth, including Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, with the final alone between Spain and Netherlands watched by over 900 million people.

The tournament was watched by a cumulative 3.2 billion people globally, generating record-breaking viewing figures in many TV markets around the world, and enhancing South Africa’s status as a top tourism market in an abundance of new territories.

Waka Waka, the official 2010 Fifa World Cup song by Colombian superstar Shakira and South Africa’s Freshlyground, has now been watched over 2.5 billion times on YouTube, and continues to vividly keep the memories of the tournament alive globally. More games are available on site today on NaijaBet

Failure on an epic scale was predicted by global media for many years leading up to the tournament, but a flawless first African Fifa World Cup confounded the critics and showcased a new side of the continent to the globe.