MARADONA blew a kiss to reporters, saying "Hola, South Africa. I love South Africa. I’m excited to be here, I love South Africa and I’m looking forward to the World Cup,".
Clear skies and cool early morning autumn conditions greeted the third team to land in South Africa after Asia powerhouse Australia and Brazil . After a brief session with select TV crews and photographers; Diego, MESSI and the rest of the team left in a brightly painted luxury coach for their Pretoria base.