Family’s World Cup dreams come true

2010-06-05 00:00

CHRISTMAS came early this year for a football-crazy Scottsville family, three of whose members have been chosen to welcome the Cameroon football stars at King Shaka Airport on June 9.

Eight-year-old Prince Alfred Primary School pupil Andiswa Souop, her elder sister Anastasie and brother-in-law Fabien Nda can hardly wait to mingle with their favourite stars. They are in Durban to be trained on how to socialise with the team.

“When we posted applications on the Fifa official website last year, we did not expect to be chosen. This took us by surprise,” said Anastasie.

Andiswa will be working as a mascot while Anastasie and her husband Fabian will render volunteer services at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The family have secured tickets for all 11 of its members. This will give them access to all Cameroon games throughout the country, said Anastasie.

Andiswa said it will be a dream come true to meet Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o. “Eto’o is my favourite soccer player and I cannot wait to give him flowers on his arrival,” said the shy Andiswa.

The girls’ father, Norbert, said this opportunity will encourage his girls to fight for what they want and be the best in everything.

“The World Cup has come to Africa for the very first time in the history of mankind. Back in Cameroon, soccer has been our religion for ages. We live and breathe soccer. From the young to the old, soccer runs through our veins,” said Norbert.

Prince Alfred Primary principal Morgan Chetty said: “We are proud that Andiswa has been chosen to lead the Cameroon team in the Fifa World Cup. She is doing the school proud. She is a respectful child and very helpful. It’s a good thing this opportunity came right after the exams,” he said with a laugh.

Norbert and his family, who are fluent in French said they will follow the Cameroon stars wherever they go.

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