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When visitors watch South Africa’s ­national football team play for the first time there is an uncomfortable moment when the ball approaches the only white man in the side. Boos ring out across the stadium. This doesn’t appear to be the post-apartheid rainbow nation the television adverts promote. Or is it? The overwhelmingly black crowd may sound like they are jeering, but they are actually cheering. The word they yell is “Booth”, strung out for several seconds, celebrating the man who has become the unlikely face of South Africa’s World Cup…



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