2010 World Cup: Relive The Emotional Opening Goal And Celebration

Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the opening goal of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa (image via Fifa.com)

Today marks exactly 10 years since a senior World Cup competition was held in Africa.

South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010 and the first game kicked off on June 11, 2010, at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg.

The host, South Africa, faced Mexico in a game that will always be remembered by Africans, especially South Africans.

The game ended 1-1, but the most memorable moment of the game came when South Africa’s Siphiwe Tshabalala’s scored the opening goal of the competition.

South Africa’s Siphiwe Tshabalala (centre) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his sides first goal of the game

The goal was an absolute beauty, but the celebration that followed it touched the hearts of many who witnessed the game.

Tshabalala’s goal came in the 53rd minute, and he has revealed that he knew the ball was going in.

“My first touch was good and I also felt it when the ball left my boot that it was definitely going to go in,” he said in an interview.

Tshabalala also described the goal as “perfect”.

“The celebration should also tell you that it came out from confidence. We knew we were going to score. The celebration was well prepared. Everything was great. It was a perfect goal.”

Watch the goal and celebration below:

Siphiwe Tshabalala’s goal for South Africa (credit: MaorMizrahi)

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