Football is historically popular with black South Africans, with whites preferring cricket and rugby.
Back in 1995 when South Africa won the Rugby Union World Cup on home soil, the nation was briefly united in victory. Fifteen years on, can the football World Cup achieve something more lasting?
Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports on the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa as the country still battles to fulfil Nelson Mandela's dream of racial equality.
Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports.