Three best friends from Johannesburg saved roughly R60,000 in four years to attend the Russian World Cup - their lifelong dream.
Fhatuwani Mpfuni, Thami Khuzwayo and Brian Moshoeshoe are in Saint Petersburg where they'll watching three FIFA world cup soccer matches before watching another two in Moscow.
“It’s a dream come true - I cannot believe my eyes,” Mpfuni told Business Insider South Africa from Saint Petersburg.
Return-tickets to Russia costs, on average R8,500, which excludes accommodation and food, which can run up to R1,000 per day.
Mpfuni, who dreamt of attending the tournament since he was eight, says the trio started saving shortly after the Brazil 2014 World Cup
“After the heartbreak of failing to go to Brazil, we actually gave up but reconvened a few months later to keep the dream alive.”
“I really must commend both Thami and Brian for their discipline and commitment throughout this journey.” Mpfuni gave Business Insider South Africa a list of four tips how they managed to save the money:
“You can't be able to save, especially for a lengthy period, without self-discipline,” says Mpfuni, who works as a football administrator in Johannesburg. He set aside a portion of money each month to save enough money. “Lack of self-discipline will work against you.”
Mpfuni says compiling a detailed plan on what they’ll be saving each month contributed to their success. “From there, you can't afford to be skipping any months.”
“You gonna have to sacrifice a few luxuries in order to save adequately.” These luxuries included eating out, expensive food or drinks and new clothes.
Mpfuni says the only way they managed to save successfully is because they are passionate about what they were saving for. “It is easier to maintain discipline if this is the case,” he says.
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