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National football associations in Africa are now more confident of their role and contribution in international sports affairs, and association heads say much of this is due to South Africa's successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Johannesburg's FNB Stadium - previously known as Soccer City - is proving to be a hit with local and international tourists, both because of its status as South Africa's flagship stadium during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and because of its architectural genius.
South Africa's National Press Club has named World Cup Local Organising Committee chief Danny Jordaan and Fifa president Sepp Blatter as its Newsmakers of the Year for 2010.
South Africans living in rural areas will also get in on the Cricket World Cup action, with matches set to be broadcast at Village Viewing Areas that were established for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
The legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will stand South Africa in good stead, as the country prepares to stage yet another spectacular football tournament, this time the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
The frenzy that gripped South Africa before and during the 2010 Fifa World Cup is set to make a comeback, this time spurring other national sports teams to excel in international competitions.
It's been over six months since the final game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup was played in South Africa and the last of the foreign tourists returned home, but small vendors in the country say they are still reaping the benefits.
Fifa has donated R3-million towards reviving South Africa's Football School of Excellence, which was once a breeding ground for top-quality players who went on to join the countrys national squad, Bafana Bafana.