On Saturday afternoon Freds and myself who have been supporting the Azurri from 1990 and bought the TST 7 packages following Italy in South Africa 2010 we had to make the trip. Farieds family and myself. We were all dresed up in the blue and white of the Azurri as we headed to Nelspruit to watch Italy vs New Zealand on Sunday.The drive was as picturesque as any you could take. Nelspruit lies in the warm Mpumelanga province and is an hour away from the Kruger National Park nature and Wildlife Reserve. The entire area en route is full if Greenery,meandering rivers, mountain sides and game farms. We passed trough many of the landmarks and tourist attractions. For us this was about the footie and we wanted to make Nelspruit by Dark….so we had a cool drive.
As we stopped along the way we seen some Italian Fans at garages and stop overs. After the draw against Paraguay this was an important game.
We arrived at 7pm in Nelspruit. Seen the lights of the Mbombela stadium and had supper at Farieds Connections. Watching Italy and supper with the Kholvads went down well together. Then I went to two of my close buddies who reside in nelspruit now. Yaseen and Fayaaz Omar. The lads had a massive braai or barbeque prepared. We sat aroyund the fire talking about the past weeks World Cup Activities in respective areas and shared some great laughs and moments. Yaseens wife again was Kholvad so all the Standerton Kholvads and Italian fasn had made there way to him. I crashed in the lounge with litys and awoke to a nice fresh farm Breakfast and Kholved lunch later before we hit the game. More on that tomorow.
Meanwhile as Day 9 concluded the boys back in Gauteng had a busy evening as Ebie,Firaz,Moe and Faaiz went to Loftus to watch Cameroon vs Denmark. I was on the phone with the boys throughout and they were having a smashing time with the Danish Fans
Cameroon surprisingly lost the game 2-1 as the Danes threw the whole group wide open and broke African hearts. Everybody expected Cameroon to go through and as we watched from the Telly in Nelspruit Africa suffered yet another blow. As for the Danes its was a massive victory.
Pictures from game
Cameroon vs Denmark, Cameroon National Anthem, World Cup 2010.
Cameroon vs Denmark, Denmark National Anthem, World Cup 2010.
Cameroon vs Denmark, Danish Fans, World Cup 2010.
Meanwhile in Durbs our correspondent Zak Loonat a die hard Dutch supporter enjoyed his moment at the Moses Mabida stadium in Durban as the Dutch took on Japan. When I called him he said that the Durban Fan Mile in Orange was truely spectecular. Like how I waited for Italy he waited for the Dutch.
The Durban Fan Mile was turning Orange
So with the Dutch wrapping up qualification Zak and the Durban contingent were thrilled. As for me It was a big day on Day 10 as the Azurri took on New Zealand