Why are South Africans celebrating defeat?

World Cup loss

    I was caught up in the euphoria of the moment on Tuesday night - when South Africa humiliated France.

    Bafana Bafana, South Africa's national squad, played a fantastic game and really gave it their all. The guys definitely didn't go down without a fight.

    South Africans were knocked out of the World Cup - but people were partying - dancing, blowing the vuvuzela, singing - showing how proud they were of their men.

    And I admit - I found myself partying along with them too.

    Then someone from Argentina brought me back to reality. His words were something along the lines of, "I don’t understand people here - how can you celebrate defeat? It's the World Cup - not a tea party! South Africa is out of the tournament. People should be in tears - not blowing their vuvuzelas."

    The Argentinean had a valid point.

    South Africa is out of this World Cup, which they are hosting.

    So why are/were people celebrating? It wasn't enough to beat France, they failed to progress further.

    When has second best been the best?

    South Africa should have advanced to the second round - anything less is unacceptable.

    Maybe I'm wrong.

    Perhaps a South African should fill in the blanks for me? Because clearly I'm missing something.


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