As all football teams get ready for the World Cup, South Africa has pulled up its socks too. After all, it is the host country and has to deal with the who’s who of the soccer world. The stars worshipped across the globe have their own whims and fancies.
Like, the Argentine Football Association this week requested staff at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre – the team’s base for the World Cup – to tear down the standard wash basins, toilet bowls and cisterns in the two bathrooms reserved for the football legend, El Diego Maradona because they would not meet his “high standards”. The centre hastily replaced these on Thursday with fancy Eurosmart taps, basin mixers, dark wood vanity cabinets, and new toilet bowls, including a special bidet with two settings for Maradona’s bedroom. In fact Felix Aguinaga, an architect from Argentina was specially hired to monitor the progress of Maradona’s bathrooms. That’s not all, the association has asked the hotel to paint the rooms white and provide playstations for the players along with an extensive dietary requirements of 14 different salads per meal.
Also, while the Mexican team will bring their own priest to conduct the Church services, the Italian team is flying loads of gym equipments along with their own pasta for the complete stay. The Brazilians want their food hot and pool to be at exactly at 32 degrees celsius. What’s more, the New Zealand team has chosen to live nowhere else but eight houses worth over R8-million each on the Serengeti golf estate.