London – No one can say that South Africans are not passionate about their sport.
Just ask the brothers Reder (24) t i Jan-Andre van Rojen (26).
The two cricket walnuts traveled from Johannesburg to London to watch the opening of the World Cup in cricket between Proteas and England in Oval.
Fortunately for them, it seems that time plays its part, because 13,000 km is a long way to travel for a washed game!
"Last year we got news that we got tickets and we've been saving since," Reder told Sport24 outside the country.
"We're going back to South Africa on Saturday, and then we're back to work on Monday."
"That was the moment of the moment, but we are greatly congested."
There was a large contingent of South African fans who built out of place in the hours leading to the first ball of the tournament, but many of them already live in the UK.
"It was worth it," added Jan-Andre.
"We were in different stadiums throughout the week and checked them, but being here on the first day is absolutely incredible."
"We are happy to come from Joburg to see the first ball."
Mood among South Africans outside the stadium was optimism.
"We are completely behind the guys and it's just a matter of things that go our way," Reder said.
"We are currently quiet outsiders, and we hope that we will be able to win them," added Jan-Andre.
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