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    'I Miss Everything About Russia': S African Player Upbeat on 2018 World Cup

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    With the FIFA World Cup final draw scheduled to take place at Moscow’s Kremlin Palace on Friday, December 1, Radio Sputnik discussed the 2018 football extravaganza with Macbeth Sibaya, a South African footballer, who used to play for the Russian football club Rubin.

    Sputnik: Are you looking forward to returning to Russia and what have you missed about Russia?

    Macbeth Sibaya: I miss the language, the people; I miss the scenery, the fresh air, the rivers, the snow. I miss everything about Russia, especially its history, the revolution, the two World Wars, the Cold War.

    Sputnik: What is the best element with regard to Russia that first-time visitors are going to experience here?

    Macbeth Sibaya: There are very good cities – Moscow, Kazan, St. Petersburg. It’s a very different world, but as soon as you walk in, especially in St. Petersburg, you can feel the [aura] of Paris here and there.

    Sputnik: What are your expectations forfrom next year’s World Cup and the way it will be organized in Russia?

    Macbeth Sibaya: It’s going to be tough for Russia [because] there will be more teams, but I still think it is going to be a wonderful experience in terms of football. I think the participating countries, big and small, including African countries, are going to make a good impact onto this competition.

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