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The first sign of Africa's World Cup

On the road to Chefchaouen

Just 45 minutes of intense bureaucracy and our first major border crossing is relatively painlessly behind us. Christian’s experience and expertise came in useful, as did a few small donations to border “helpers”. As this long day draws to an end, The Ball has begun the African leg of its journey.

The first sign of Africa's World CupThe first sign of Africa’s World Cup

Despite the rain that is still falling, it feels great to be in Africa. The prospect of an amazing football pitch in the Rif mountains awaits us, 45 kilometers away in Chefchaouen.

On the road. In Morocco. In Africa.

“Hurray!” exclaims Christian as we speed down a newly constructed motorway to Tetouan. “We’ll be there in no time.” The most important word in Moroccan is “shukran” (thank you), he tell us. He’s been here before. Its a case of first time for me. And for The Ball.

Written by on Saturday, February 20th, 2010

1 comment on this post

  1. “First major border” sounds so exicting (though bureaucracy is just annoying)!
    And I had to laugh out loud when reading Chris being enthusiastic about morrocan motorway ..we’ll be there in not time”

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