Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
92Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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Once enroute to our apartment, Derek got chatting with the driver and once again was able to coerce him into offering to take us via the FIFA ticket office, however once we got near to the office, we could see people lining up out the door and around the corner of the building. Still no tickets for the England game and with kick-off just hours away at the stadium up the road it wasn’t looking good :-(
In Cape Town we’ve rented a one-bedroom apartment for our stay; the location is perfect (close to the stadium and shops, restaurants, etc) and having a kitchen works well for us
After many attempts to purchase tickets online, Derek finally got a breakthrough just a couple of hours before the game and managed to get four tickets close together for the England/Algeria game! Dressed up in Red and White and faces painted we headed for the ticket office to collect the tickets. Though even this simple exercise wasn’t without drama; we feared that the office would close at 6pm and leaving the apartment at 5:15 was a little tight since it was a 45 minute walk. However, when Sarah offered to run back to look for a flag that Lauren had dropped it got a little nervy (not unlike England, but I’m getting ahead of myself) … she eventually managed to catch them up just a short way before the ticket office at 5:55, just in time. Unlike Sarah’s attempt to find Lauren’s flag, Derek was successful in getting the tickets and so we joined the crowds heading to the stadium.
England fans were everywhere and greatly outnumbered the Algerian fans so there was a real party atmosphere as the England fans were clearly expecting victory, taking them to the top of their group following the USA’s failure to beat Slovenia earlier in the day. Once inside the stadium we found our seats and were slightly concerned to be right on the edge of the main group of Algerian fans. Those concerns were totally unfounded and the Algerian fans were very jovial and there was plenty of friendly banter between to be had. The stadium was heavily bedecked with England flags and we were all very excited to actually see England play. It was the first time for the kids and only the second time for Derek and Sarah. Unfortunately, the England team failed to perform and the game finished in a dismal goalless draw. Quite simply, they were downright Bad. There is no video in this blog because there's nothing interesting to show you. By about the sixtieth minute the English fans had, for the most part, become frustrated and quiet having been given very little to cheer about. However one hearty little fan refused to give up on them and blew his vuvuzela and cheered from well before the kick-off until the final whistle whereupon he began to cry :-( “Rooney didn’t score, he hardly touched the ball, and I might never get to see him play ever again”. Poor Alex’s mood wasn’t enhanced when his number one hero blasted the fans for their lack of support
We have five more days in Cape Town and one more game….here’s hoping we get to experience a little more of this beautiful city than we did of Jo’burg and Durban and that the Portugal Vs North Korea game yields a few goals…