As a player, representing the host nation at a FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary honour, particularly in the long-awaited Opening Match. When Bafana Bafana took the pitch against Mexico in the first game of South Africa 2010, Carlos Alberto Parreira’s side did so as the first African host nation in global finals history.

The landmark occasion at Soccer City, Johannesburg was even more remarkable for Siphiwe Tshabalala. The midfielder registered the first goal of the tournament – and in emphatic fashion, his thunderous left-footed strike earning him a 2010 FIFA Puskás Award nomination. Tshabalala reflects on what it meant for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup and breaks down his marvellous opening day strike.

The above footage is part of FIFA’s archive of videos highlighting significant stories in FIFA World Cup history 



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