FIFA World Cup: South Africa to play Mexico in opener

Updated: 05 December 2009 13:25 IST

Host nation South Africa will face Mexico in the opening game of the 2010 World Cup.

FIFA World Cup: South Africa to play Mexico in opener
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Cape Town (South Africa):

Host nation South Africa will face Mexico in the opening game of the 2010 World Cup.

South Africa is ranked 86th in the world and will find a tough opponent in the world's 15th ranked team on June 11.

On the other hand, it will be able to count on the support of many in the 87,000-capacity Soccer City stadium.

A huge gasp went up from the 3,000-strong crowd when Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron decided Mexico would play the opener.

The picking of South Africa's opponent for the opening match was one of the most anticipated moments of the World Cup draw ceremony.

Topics : Football France Mexico South Africa Republic of Ireland Federation Internationale de Football Association
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