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Fans return to Soweto stadium for the first time in 18 months

"Please make sure you sanitise your hands," the metallic voice reminded the 2,000 spectators lucky enough to get their hands on the first tickets sold since coronavirus hit. The match, a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Ethiopia, sold out in two hours. "It has been a long journey, we have all been waiting for this for a long time," said Bafana Bafana supporters. 

"When I managed to grab a ticket I thought: Jesus, I'm so lucky," one of them exclaimed, clutching a gold papier-mache trophy, eyes tearing with emotion. Inside the stadium rules are strict: no booze, no hugging. Keep a seat between your neighbour and a face mask on at all times. Vuvuzela horns, a hallmark of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, were also banned to avoid droplets spraying.

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