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The World Cup afterglow is already fading for some as the rising cost of the biggest soccer event becomes apparent to a country still wrestling with widespread poverty.

South Africa’s Student Congress has already criticized the World Cup as a waste of money.

“We could have used the same money, energy, zeal and enthusiasm to provide water, electricity, houses and free education for millions of poor South Africans,” SASCO president Mbulelo Mandlana said.

Meanwhile, the shoes of South Africa midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala that were used to score the first goal at the World Cup opening match against Mexico on June 11 will go on display as part of a historic monument at SAFA headquarters.

“(The shoes) represent hope and they represent that we can deliver on a world stage,” Sedibe said.