Soccer fans beg for accommodation

2010-06-18 08:29

Soccer fans bartered and begged for rooms in an icy cold Polokwane

last night as Mexicans eager to celebrate their team’s 2-0 victory over France

scouted the town for bars.

“We want to celebrate, where can we get a drink,” one man with a

green Mexican wrestling mask shouted to a passing policeman.

Mexico scored two goals, one of them a penalty, in the second half

to all but ruin Bafana’s chances of qualifying for round two of the World


The spirited, largely Mexican crowd – many wearing sombreros or

masks – sang “Ole, Ole” each time their team neared the French goals at the

packed Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The Mexicans jeered and shook their hands when the French went on

the attack.

After the game, out-of-towners desperate to escape the bitter cold

roamed Polokwane’s streets looking for a bed for the night.

Many hotels were asking R2 500 for a basic room for the


Many South Africans who attended the game had resigned themselves

to Bafana Bafana making an early exit from the tournament after their 3-0 loss

to Uruguay on Wednesday.

“We are out for sure,” said Alfred Sibiya, a shop owner from


“But it doesn’t matter. Now we can concentrate on all the good

soccer we have. It is a once in a life chance.”

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