With only 15 days to the FIFA World Cup kick off at Soccer City on 11 June 2010, soccer fever is building. Tonight the first soccer team arrives – AUSTRALIA! and the buzz becomes a reality.
With this in mind I thought I’d tell you a little bit about the official mascot Zakumi – you may know but just in case.
His birthday falls on 16 June 1994 our National Youth Day which means he will turn 16 during World Cup. This is actually the day that South Africa takes on Uruguay and we should hope for a double celebration. His name is derived from ‘Za’, the international code for South Africa, and ‘kumi’ the general word for ten in most African languages.
He’s kind of grown on me in the past few months, never thought I could feel sentiment for a green haired leopard, but there you go, I succumb, I’m getting myself a ZAKUMI!