Posted in News on Mar 13, 2002.
Hola Hola Makhosi’s, the Chiefs of South Africa have arrived in the land of the Pharaohs and are ready to conquer it!
First of all, Ag! Shame not all of our supporters were able to see us and convey their "good luck" messages, vuvuzela and sing for the players at the JHB International Airport before our departure because supporters apparently got there late when the whole entourage had checked in.
All the players felt bad hearing the vuvuzela from inside, but nevertheless many thanks for your undying support, we feel your presence in spirit here.
Back to our business in Cairo:
MaKhosi, we arrived this morning (Wednesday) at 6h30 at the Cairo airport where we took a bus (nothing even close to our Intercape/KC branded bus, but anyway...) to the Hotel where all the players and officials checked into their rooms, had breakfast and then went to rest.
The hotel is beautiful it’s a five star Swiss Hotel and it's in a residential area of Cairo, similar to Yeoville back home, with some hanging their washing outside the balcony, uyabona moes! By the way, Cairo on its own boasts a third of the country's population with about 20 million people living here, so you can imagine! It is also a city where football is a religion with amateur clubs mushrooming everywhere.
We all met for lunch at 13h00 and the players started chilling around the hotel, some playing the piano (as per photo attached), some playing sony playstation and others sleeping nogall, including Putco who did not sleep during the flight killing others with jokes until we had to get him sleeping tablets which also did not help much!
We are just about to leave the hotel for our first training session here, the boys are upbeat and looking forward to it, infact the camp spirit is amazing, reminding one of the Coca-Cola Cup days and this does signal that we have what it takes to stage a great and glamorous game here and bring the Super Cup home to South Africa.
Our head of delegation this time around is Mr O Molatedi from Safa, we are usually accompanied by Mr R Mahlalela but he wasn’t able to join us for this trip due to health problems.
I want to take this opportunity to wish him a speedy recovery from all at KC and let him enjoy the comfort of his family support while we continue doing what he knows best about us. The president of Safa, Mr Molefi Oliphant, is here and we indeed feel quite supported and proud to be here patriotically representing our beautiful country.
Finally, by the way the time here is exactly the same as that over there and when the game kicks off at 19:30 here you will be watching us live on SuperSport 3 on DSTV and later during the evening shown also by the SABC 2 at 22:00 on their sports show.
We arranged a big-screen show with the Iwisa gig rig for all supporters in JHB at the Bezuidenhout Park, opening at 5pm, so be there. Lots of fun give aways and bring your vuvuzelas and champagnes!
Your correspondents from Cairo
Vivian Casaletti and Putco Mafani