- Three best friends from Johannesburg have saved around R60 000 in the last five years so they can attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
- Fhatuwani Mpfuni, Thami Khuzwayo, and Brian Moshoeshoe landed in Saint Petersburg last week for their once in a lifetime holiday
- Mpfuni is the trigger behind the trip, he has dreamed of attending a live World Cup match since he first watched the World Cup on TV in 1998
Three best friends from Johannesburg have embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Fhatuwani Mpfuni, Thami Khuzwayo, and Brian Moshoeshoe landed in Saint Petersburg, Russia last week after saving R60 000 over the last five years for their dream vacation.
Mpfuni was the trigger behind the trip, he has dreamed of attending a World Cup match in person since the first time he watched the tournament on TV in 1998.
The trio will watch three matches in the historic city of Saint Petersburg before they fly to Moscow to attend another two matches.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the friends admitted to having some concerns about going to Russia due to all the bad publicity the country has received in the media.
The friends said they were pleasantly surprised when they landed by the warm welcome of the locals and the party vibe surrounding the World Cup as a whole.
Mpfuni could not attend any of the World Cup matches held in South Africa in 2010, because he had financial troubles at the time. He said his heart broke when he came to the conclusion that some dreams simply don’t come true.
It was on a road trip with Khuzwayo and Moshoeshoe to Durban in 2013 that the Mpfuni decided to start saving money to attend the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Unfortunately, the three friends faced more disappointment when barely a month before the start of that tournament they realised the money they had saved would not even be enough for flights to and from Brazil.
Mpfuni said he was sad and dejected when he was forced to watch a fifth World Cup on TV.
The friends picked themselves up and started planning and saving for the 2018 tournament in October of 2014.
The friends revealed that the trip actually worked out cheaper than they had anticipated and due to their planning and saving they were able to book their flights to Saint Petersburg a year ahead of time which saved them a lot.
Businessinsider.co.za reported that return flights to Russia cost on average about R8 500, while food and accommodation comes to about R1 000 per day.
Mpfuni revealed his parents bought a TV just in time for the 1998 World Cup which was hosted by France and was the first time South Africa had qualified for the tournament.
His village in Limpopo did not have electricity at the time, which meant the TV had to be connected to a noisy generator. Mpfuni was eight-years-old at the time and fell in love with the spectacle of the tournament.
He says this love of the tournament comes from the fact that every time there was a match on TV between 50 and 80 people from across the village would descend on his family home and watch the match.
This created an atmosphere and vibe which he forever after associated with the World Cup and fostered the burning desire within him to be a part of the tournament and the festivities.
The friends say they are living proof that dreams to come true. Mpfuni advises anyone with a dream to plan and take action in order to realise that dream.
He said: “Please be aware that simply having a dream is not enough to help you realise it, you need to plan and work hard towards whatever that dream is.”
As for being in Russia, all three friends said they couldn’t believe that they had actually landed in Saint Petersburg.
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