Fans Crown Bafana Bafana "Coca-Cola Celebration Award" Champions

Fans Worldwide Vote Siphiwe Tshabalala the Inaugural Coca-Cola Celebration Award Winner

Goal Celebrations at 2010 FIFA World CupTM Create Lasting Legacy by Raising $267,500 for Clean Water in Schools Across Africa

JOHANNESBURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The first goal scored in the 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM) resulted in a flamboyant display of dance by the host nation team that today was chosen by fans around the world as the most iconic goal celebration of the tournament earning Bafana Bafana's goalscorer Siphiwe Tshabalala the first ever "Coca-Cola Celebration Award."

Football fans from around world were invited to re-live the ecstatic goal celebration moments of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and decide the winner of the first ever Coca-Cola Celebration Award through an online vote. It was Tshabalala's goal that started the entire celebration in South Africa and led to an impressive group dance that captured fans' attention as the best of the FIFA World Cup.

The Coca-Cola Celebration Award was created to celebrate the display of passion and dance that so often accompanies a goal scored at the tournament. The Celebration Award also was used to raise awareness of the vital role clean drinking water plays in developing communities. For every goal celebrated during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Coca-Cola made a $1,500 contribution to the Company's "Water for Schools" initiative to provide clean water access to schools across Africa.

With 145 goals scored, $217,500 was raised to fund the project and an additional $50,000 was donated on behalf of Tshabalala bringing the total amount raised to $267,500. By participating in the voting, football fans have had a hand in supporting clean water initiatives that will leave a lasting legacy of water sustainability in Africa and beyond. The "Water for Schools" program is just one part of the $30 million "Replenish Africa Initiative" (RAIN) by Coca-Cola to provide at least 2 million people in Africa with clean water and improved sanitation by 2015.

"Fans from around the world have voted for their favorite goal celebrations," said Emmanuel Seuge, group director, worldwide sports and entertainment marketing, The Coca-Cola Company. "Throughout our 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign, we've encouraged them to let go of their inhibitions and celebrate. The Coca-Cola Celebration Award was another way we brought fans closer to the celebration of the FIFA World Cup while also leaving an important legacy for the host continent."

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