Cheering for national teams is good for a marriage

2010-07-01 00:00

THE World Cup has been a rollercoaster ride, with the host nation suffering an early exit and a lot of big names also going home.

The owners of Ascot Inn in Scottsville, Mary-Ann and Milan Klco, are having the time of their life during the 2010 World Cup, and they say it has strengthened their marriage.

Milan was born in Slovakia, which has a population of five million people, but he has been living in South Africa for 20 years. Being married to Mary-Ann, a South African, is what got the couple even more excited about the World Cup because they had two national teams to cheer for.

Even though they could not go to see Bafana Bafana’s live games, they had the privilege of watching two Slovakia live games in Rustenburg and Durban.

“It was very nice to see Slovakia progress to the next round. Even though they were knocked out in the last 16 they still gave us a good show,” said Milan.

Milan said, “Contrary to the negative foreign media reports about the hosting of the World Cup by South Africa, we have not experienced any problems.”

As for Bafana Bafana, Milan said, the South African Football Association needs to give coaches time to prepare the players for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, starting now. “Because South African players have incredible potential to compete at international level,” he said.

The staff at Ascot Inn have learnt much from Milan about the way of life in Slovakia.

He carries a rapkac to games, an instrument, which like the vuvuzela, is used by Slovakian fans to cheer on their national team. A rapkac is swung around and makes a sound like a rattle.

To show their support for the 2010 World Cup, the Ascot Inn couple bought their staff Bafana Bafana jerseys and held an opening party for their employees and guests.

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