South Africa Forgives the Dutch

South Africa Forgives the Dutch

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa—Since South Africa's team departed the World Cup, conventional wisdom has it that fans here are rooting for Ghana, the continent's only team remaining in the tournament. But actually, an enormous percentage of South Africans are rooting for the Netherlands, which plays Slovakia on Monday in Durban. Some of that support comes predictably from whites of Dutch descent such as Merietjie Serfontein, who attended the Netherlands' first match to root for the Oranje on the South African soil. "The whole country may not be rooting for Holland—maybe just 99%," he said.

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