Soccer fever sends temperatures soaring at UCT

11 July 2002
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 13H30. Telephones are quiet, emails dry up, and people take extraordinarily long lunch breaks. It's all quiet on the UCT front, bar hurrying footsteps to make it to the nearest TV screen.

Screaming, cheering, foot stomping and riotous applause reverberate around "hot spots" on campus, in clubs, restaurants and offices.

But disappointment is the name of the game as Paraguay go through for having scored more goals that SA in the tournament. The rest is history. We can go back to work now. Until next time. Lalani ngenxeba Bafana Bafana.

But though South Africa is out, this will probably not stop the flow of students and staff to various UCT venues such as the Cissie Gool Plaza and the UCT Club when other matches are being played.

"England and Germany are also very well supported," says Alan Colquhoun, manager of the UCT Club. The World Cup has certainly boosted the Club's business, mainly over lunch time when the 13h30 games are played.

"I don't really know what's going to happen now that South Africa is out," Colquhoun muses. "Perhaps they'll start watching tiddlywinks or jukskei...".

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