World Cup surprise for Durban couple

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Durban - Nomfundo Dzingwa was excited about the 2010 FIFA World Cup like all South Africans but a phone call from her fianc,e changed that.

Up until last week the Durban -based physiotherapist was happy to go to the fanpark to watch a few games but now she gets to go to the opening ceremony and match at Soccer City as well as the final game.

This was her surprise from her fianc,e who ensured his wife-to-be is geared to look the part. He gave her a Bafana Bafana jersey.

"When I got the call I was in shock. I still am. It will only hit me when I drive to Johannesburg but I must admit I can feel the vibe already," said Dzingwa.

She added: "They are flags everywhere, and everyone is just so excited. It seems like people don't talk about anything else".

When Dzingwa realised that she would also get to watch Bafana Bafana take on Mexico, her elation heightened.

It has been a whirlwind romance thus far and Dzingwa wants to keep the surprise element alive by getting her man a Bafana Bafana jersey.

The happy couple will also visit the Moses Mabhida Stadium to watch Brazil take on Portugal.

Another Durban happy resident going to Johannesburg for the opening ceremony is KwaZulu-Natal student, Vuyo Grootboom.

"I found out last week when my dad decided he's no longer going because he'll be too busy with work for the FIFA LOC in Durban, so I got his ticket and will be going with my brother," said Grootboom.

The soccer fanatic will only miss one match in Durban (Nigeria vs Korea Republic) and is so far mesmerised with what is happening in the country.

"Yeah I have a feeling it's going to be one those goose bump moments because it's the only time you'll ever be able to say you went to the opening game of the World Cup and just seeing that iconic stadium itself will be an experience," said Grootboom.

The tournament, according to Grootboom, has helped raise South Africa's profile even further.

"It gives me goose bumps to watch ESPN and them giving profiles on the country. You realise that after the World Cup - hopefully it goes well - only bigger and better things can happen for the country," said Grootboom.

Turning his attention to Bafana Bafana, Grootboom feels that the team is on the right track to advance to last sixteen.

"I think Bafana can advance past their group and anything after that is a bonus. We might play the Argentina in the next round and they have amazing players. I think if we can get off to a good start against Mexico and at least get a draw if not a win then we have a good chance," Grootboom said.

Grootboom feels all Bafana Bafana has to do to keep South Africans happy is play to their potential.

He said: "(South Africa) is the biggest threat in the group especially since France has not been performing well. It will still be tough though as long as the boys play to the potential they've shown in the friendlies. I'm sure no one will be unhappy"