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Pole to Pole

Day 123: Soutpansberg Mountains to Johannesburg

Pretoria, South Africa 
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Greater Horned football supporter.
Michael Palin - Pole to PoleWe follow an expensive red car into the ground. 'Soweto BMW' says the rear window sticker. Admission is five rand - about a pound, which is not bad value considering this is a cup semi-final between the local team, Sundowns, and the holders, Jomo Cosmos from Johannesburg.

The status of football being relatively humble here, Sundowns arrive squeezed into a minibus bearing their motto which, with an unfortunate letter missing, comes out as - 'Sundowns. The Sky is the Limi'.

The Jomo Cosmos team is as far as I can tell the personal property of Jomo Sono, a Pele and a Charlton of South African football. It has been managed for the past nine years by a Scot from Arbroath called Ray Matthews. I am privileged to hear his warm-up chat in the dressing-room. He exhorts his players in a broad Scots accent that gives no hint of twenty years spent in South Africa. 'Mothale, you feed Minkhalebe . . . Masinga overlap Singiapi . . . '
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  • Series: Pole to Pole
  • Day: 123
  • Country/sea: South Africa
  • Place: Pretoria
  • Book page no: 276

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