PICS | SA fans finally return to stadiums

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South African fans made a welcome return to stadiums for a live sporting as football lovers flocked to watch Bafana Bafana clinched a 1-0 win over Ethiopia in a World Cup qualifier.

On Tuesday evening, 2 000 fully vaccinated supporters made their presence felt at FNB Stadium as Hugo Broos' side maintained their lead at the top of Group G in their quest to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Scroll through the gallery to see a selection of the best images from the fans' return to stadiums

It was the first time in around 18 months that spectators were allowed to attend a live sporting spectacle since South Africa was first placed under a national lockdown in March 2020.

"Fans have been hungry to return to the stadium, and the small business and informal sector will receive a massive boost as a result of this initiative," South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan said ahead of the match.

Indeed, that hunger was on display as a 2000-strong crowd made their voices heard in the 95 000-seater stadium to inspire Hugo Broos' side to an important victory in their quest to take part in next year's World Cup.

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