Their mission to watch the World Cup was one filled with adventure and new experiences and their choice of vehicle was not their initial plan as they were initially scheduled to take on the African roads on a Land Cruiser.
Nevertheless, they successfully completed the journey with the vehicle. For Kiarie, Shem, McCrutch, and Jomo dubbed Shhteam FC, their goal to Watch a World Cup match in South Africa was one that they were determined to see through.
The year was 2010 and the road network was not as developed as it is eleven years later (now).
Starting off the journey of a thousand miles with the proverbial first step, they embarked on the trip from Embakasi.
Hours later, they crossed into Tanzania at Namanga. In the country several brushes with the law, they crossed through Arusha, Moshi and Mbeya and finally got into Zambia at the Tunduma border.
Already they were on the third night of their trip.
In Zambia, their speeding antics caught up with them as a porthole damaged their wheel when they hit it driving at 180Km/Hr. Two tires burst and the rims were damaged.
The four friends were able to repair the vehicle’s wheels and continued on their journey.
While in Zambia, the crew was able to view the sites, Victoria Falls on River Zambezi. They were in Zimbabwe for a couple of minutes as they hurried to get into Botswana.
The Kenyans later drove into South Africa and managed to get tickets to watch a match in the Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town.
While in the city, they managed to get the car fixed and serviced after covering the kilometres in a matter of days.
“We picked up the car after it was fixed with new rims and tires. They even gave us a bottle of complimentary wine,” the Kenyans exclaimed.
After watching the match they would later start on the journey back home to Kenya, following the once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Still, they encounter car trouble by hitting a bump that resulted in a flat tire and damaged coil springs. After having them fixed they drove into Kenya without incident.