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SOUTH AFRICA: 26 Hour To Yokohama – The Mad-dash To Get Kolisi’s Dad To Japan

By Published November 07, 2019

It was a military style 26-hour operation by the South Africa rugby team management to get Fezakel Kolisi, the father of the first black captain of Sprinbroks to Yokohama to watch his son make history in last weekend’s Rugby Final between South Africa and England.

Fezakel didn't have a passport and had never left his homeland prior to last weekend, South Africa's team management had to be fast track his passport issuance, present it for visa at the Japanese embassy before embarking on the 17-hour flight from Johannesburg to Japan in time to occupy his vantage seat in the stadium to see his son make history.

The flanker revealed his pride at making his family proud and hopes South Africa's World Cup success can be used as a political tool to create a united future for his country.

'I am hoping we given people a little bit of hope,' he said. 'We have won for our country and I hope this can make our country better. You can never forget where you’ve come from and the people that have been with you through life.

'I want to celebrate this with my father as this was something he was never able to do for me. I wanted to do it for him. Hoping my brother and sister take in some of this too. I wish I had them here.'

Kolisi had his father, wife and two children watch him in the final Yokohama

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