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MAY 30 :: DAKAR TO JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA


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The Mustangs arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday afternoon after a six and a half hour flight from Dakar. Johannesburg is another two hours ahead of Dakar, so the team is now seven hours ahead of Dallas.

Saturday will be the team's first full day in Johannesburg. They have a clinic in the morning and then a tour of Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, in the afternoon.



Blog - May 30
Head Coach Matt Doherty

"Travel Day"

The bus departed the hotel at 4am for the airport. After a few hassles at the airport we were off for our long flight (about 6 ½ hours) to "Jo-burg". The flight was relatively easy as it wasn't as full as our flight over to Dakar. I caught up on some sleep!

Arriving in Jo-burg several things stuck out:

  • I saw pools in the yards as we were landing.
  • English was the language of choice here as all the billboards and signs were in English
  • It was a modern airport.
  • It was dark outside at 5:30pm!
  • It was cold.
  • We flew across the equator, so now we were in a place where it was winter.
  • The bus was the most modern bus I have seen.
  • We drove on the left side of the road.
  • The roads were modern.

    After checking into our new Holiday Inn we had a team meal that was really good and went to our rooms. It is 11:30pm now as I am about to complete this entry. Tomorrow is a busy day as we have a clinic to conduct in the morning then we tour Pretoria in the afternoon.

    Pony Up!
    Coach Doh



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    SMU BASKETBALL
    TOUR d' AFRICA
     
    IN THE MEDIA
    May 18-24 - Preparation - Class & Practice
    May 25 - Dallas to Dakar, Senegal
    May 26 - First Practice
    May 27 - Visit Goree Island
    May 27 - Game 1 (Senegalese Nat. Team)
    May 28 - Trip to St. Louis (Bamba/Papa's Home)
    May 29 - Clinic 1: at SEEDS Academy
    May 30 - Dakar to Johannesburg, South Africa
    May 31 - Clinic 2: Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Centre
    May 31 - Tour Pretoria (capital of S. Africa)
    June 1 - Game 3: vs. South African National Team
    June 2 - Tour Soweto
    June 2 - Visit Lesedi Cultural Village
    June 3 - Safari at Pilanesburg Nat. Park
    June 4 - Game 4: South African Club Team
    June 5 - Johannesburg, South Africa to Dallas

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