‘‘This is what dreams coming true looks like!’’ - Kolisi
Thousands of Springbok supporters clad in green and waving South African fans welcomed their local heroes during the East London leg of the South African rugby team’s Trophy tour following their empathic victory against England at the World Cup in Japan last week.
The Springboks’ victory is so resounding that fans did not even wait for the Boks to arrive before celebrating in song (igwijo), dance (ivosh) and an intense but casual game of touch rugby between young and old on Oxford Street; a sight that might take another World Cup before you see it again.
Local heroes Makazole Mapimpi, Lukhanyo Am and captain Siyamthanda Kolisi were praised by Fezeka Bayeni, MEC for Sports for a victory of a different kind; inspiring young girls and boys to believe that they indeed, come from the home of the legends.
Visibly fatigued but excited Am expressed how emotional he is to have his family and the Buffalo City community being part of a celebration he will never forget. The captain, still in euphoria, directed his short speech to the young children that had come out in numbers.
“Never be afraid to dream, we are here to show you what dreams coming true looks like,” said Kolisi with both fists in the air.
Faf de Klerk was, however, the biggest hit in the selfie request department with ladies following him all the way to the open-top parade bus that toured Duncan Village, Mdantsane and the greater East London.