This day in history: Shabba scores 1st Fifa World Cup goal in 2010

This day in history: Shabba scores 1st Fifa World Cup goal in 2010

On this day in history, Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the first 2010 FIFA World Cup goal, which was hosted in South Africa.

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For the first time in the Federation of International Football Association's history, the world cup was held on African soil.

The world cup kicked off with a match between the host country's national team - Bafana Bafana - and Mexico at Soccer City Stadium in Gauteng.

Mzansi and the whole of Africa in fact were on their feet when Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal in the tournament. gathered in honour of the historic goal; social media users shared videos of the moment online.

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Social media user @AlexSithole shared the video on Twitter on Tuesday, captioning it:

"On this day in 2010 former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder @siphiweshabba scored the 1st goal in the FIFA world cup that was held in South Africa & the only world cup to ever been played in African soil."

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The choice to host the world cup in SA was a big step forward for the African continent - something FIFA President Sepp Blatter echoed in his opening speech.

"The FIFA World Cup is in South Africa.” Blatter said, adding: “Congratulations to the African population, thank you to South Africa that we can stage this World Cup here. A dream came true even if he's not here tonight, but the spirit of Mandela is in Soccer City.”

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