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Tens of thousands of fans swarmed the streets of the African country Friday in colorful dress and high spirits to celebrate the first World Cup championships tournament to ever take place on African soil.

Traditional vuvuzela horns blasted and echoed through townships, flag sellers took over the street intersections, and firefighters marched through the Johannesburg waving the national flag.

Tens of thousands of fans have flocked to the city centers in anticipation of the momentous event, and "Bafana mania," as it has come to be known, is not an uncommon phenomenon, as the national team Bafana Bafana (the Boys) has been touring around the African country promoting the celebrations.

The championships kicked off Friday afternoon with a match between South Africa and Mexico in Johannesburg. The score at half time was  0-0.

Uruguay will take on France in Cape Town later Friday evening.