Bonding: dad buys his son 19 tickets for ‘lifetime opportunity’

2010-07-06 00:00

CHYAVAN Maharaj is the envy of his peers after his father bought him 19 World Cup tickets as a way of strengthening his relationship with his son.

Pran Maharaj, a project engineer in Johannesburg, spent a whopping R50 000 so that he and his son could enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“Because it will never happen in my lifetime again that my country hosts a soccer World Cup, I thought it would be worth it if I buy tickets for both of us to go to the stadiums,” he said.

“At least we are in South Africa. If the World Cup was somewhere else, I would have paid probably five times more just to afford to attend any part of the tournament.”

Maharaj said that due to clashes of dates, he had to give away four tickets.

Chyavan (15) is a grade nine pupil at Durban Boys’ High. He lives with his mother in North Beach.

“It has been an amazing experience and I’ll treasure it for the rest of my life,”he said. “The World Cup has strengthened our relationship in ways that I could not have imagined. I don’t have the words to thank my father for having afforded me this once-in-a lifetime experience.

“I honestly think that this tournament has unified the entire country and the visitors have been extremely overwhelmed by South Africa’s hospitality.”

Chyavan believes that South Africa has shown the world what Africa is all about.

Father and son could not stop praising the Mexican supporters, saying: “The game between France and Mexico was the most enjoyable one, because the Mexican soccer fans were a fantastic group of people who outshone every other supporter.”

“I have watched 13 matches and I was looking forward to Ghana winning against Uruguay, but unfortunately it was not their day. Even though they lost, they still made Africa proud,” said Chyavan.

The Maharajs cannot wait for Durban’s last World Cup game, the semi-final between Germany and Spain at Moses Mabhida tomorrow.

“At least Durban got the better semi-final and I will be cheering for Germany to make it through to the final,” said Chyavan.

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