10,000km across Africa for a football match


A Zimbabwean nurse has completed the trip from Cape Town to Cairo, enduring all kinds of challenges, all for the love of football.

Alvin “Aluvah” Zhakata was supposed to make it to Egypt for the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 on June 21. But he missed it as his epic journey had taken much longer than expected.

Nevertheless, thanks to his fans following his adventures on social media, he has now become a celebrity – and he has been awarded with a ticket to this Friday’s final between Algeria and Senegal.

Cape-to-Cairo road trip in numbers:

  • 10,000km by hitching lifts or catching buses;
  • Travelling for 44 days;
  • Through 8 countries.


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