He is one of Africa's brightest footballing talents, with a reputation that's spreading around the world. His name is Shakes -- a brash young striker known for his "lethal combination of skill and determination" and his signature move -- the bicycle kick.
The World Cup atmosphere grew to fever pitch at Pirates Stadium in Soweto on Thursday night, as the venue hosted a star-studded concert to celebrate the imminent start of the soccer tournament in South Africa.
With 62 days to go before the football World Cup opens, FIFA - the sport's governing body - and the South African local organizing committee are pleading with South Africans to buy the remaining 500,000 tickets that have been made available.
The United States is in. So are Brazil, England, Spain and 15 other nations. Yet with eight months to go before the 2010 World Cup, more tickets have been purchased by people from the U.S. (11.7 percent at last count) than from any other country except the host nation, South Africa (47.9 percent).
It's late Sunday morning inside a cavernous Salvation Army Church in Soweto, South Africa. Services, complete with African and traditional music, have just finished and a catchy drum beat with a distinctly American hip-hop sound is coming from the stage.