As we head into the knock-out rounds of the 2014 World Cup, I can’t help but think about my time in South Africa 4 years ago. Ask any football fan out there and they will tell you how they would give their right arm to be able to experience this event. Thankfully, no partings of body parts were needed for my chance to go to the World Cup. Phew.
I spent close to two weeks in South Africa for the opening group stages. And as I was supporting England (I still am, miraculously!), I went for all their group matches in Rustenburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The football gods clearly looked down favourably on me when I managed to get tickets (thanks to a kind soul) to the opening ceremony and the match between South Africa and Mexico in Johannesburg as well.
Here is but a glimpse into one of the most amazing times of my life.
Opening Ceremony and Match : South Africa vs. Mexico (Johannesburg)
First Group Match : England vs. USA (Rustenburg)
Second Group Match : England vs. Algeria (Cape Town)
Fans enjoying the view from Table Mountain
Final Group Match : Slovenia vs. England (Port Elizabeth)
South Africa will always remain close to my heart. I’ve long harboured a dream to visit this stunning country and I’ll be forever grateful to her for all the wonderful memories. More so for giving me one of the best experiences of my life – The World Cup.
*WAG : Wives and Girlfriends. A term generally used by the English for partners of footballers