WATCH: Zulu Impis slips and slides at wet NewlandsJune 24, 2018
24 June 2018 18h00
SOUTH African rugby supporters have become accustomed to Zulu warrior, “Impi”, enthusiastically leading the Springboks out in their home test matches. Since last year, the duties of Impi have been falling on Joshua Nkosi, a dentist and bodybuilder from Durban. However, for the last couple of tests, the former World Champion Bodybuilder, have been joined by two more Zulu warriors who come out just after him and do their rituals and lay down the challenge to the visiting teams.
Yesterday, in the lead up to the third test between the Springboks and Eddie Jones’s England at Newlands, the drought stricken Western Cape experienced a downpour of note which meant that the playing surface was very wet and slippery. Owen Farrel lead his England team onto the field and after that, as per usual, Johnny Clegg’s hit,”Impi”, started playing at high volume from the public address system. Local jazz artist, Jonathan Rubain, added to the atmosphere by playing his electric guitar live from pitch side as Newlands waited for Siya Kolisi and the Boks to appear.
Nkosi, kitted out in traditional Zulu war regalia and armed with a spear and shield, made his appearance from the tunnel and slipped almost immediately after entering the field of play. Unflustered, he continued whilst his deputies made their entrance. They too, slipped and slid but, to their credit, they continued and laid down the challenge to the English.
Ndabenchle Zondi, the social media “bozza” for MTN, cellular giants and headline sponsor of the Springboks, spoke to Nkosi’s assistants before the game and uploaded the interview to Twitter. One of the slippers goes on to say that they had a rehearsal the day before when it probably wasn’t as wet and slippery.
Footage of the slippery slide incident have since gone viral and people are having a good old chuckle at the Impi trio. Luckily their “weapons of war” didn’t injure one of the Impis themselves or anyone else for that matter. Hopefully next time, those involved will adapt and think, well, on their feet and avoid sitting with egg on their faces. Or even worse…
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