If the Slovenians are feeling aggrieved after a squandering a two-goal advantage to draw with USA on Friday, they’re not showing it. Many of the team were seen casually walking around the Hyde Park Shopping Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday where they are based, and were all smiles with each other.
Unlike some of the flashier teams like England who can just about roll out of bed onto a private training ground, Slovenia are not staying at a luxury resort. They are in a Southern Sun hotel attached to a fairly regular mall, where many northern Johannesburg residents conduct their shopping.
Members of the team walked around the centre in their green and white tracksuits and were not bothered a by a single member of the public for an autograph or a quick chat. The players appeared to be enjoying their freedom, unperturbed by the fact that many people in the mall had no idea who they were. Some shoppers only figured out that they were in the company of World Cup participants when they asked if they knew who the tracksuited fold were.
Three of the team members went into a mobile phone shop, where they spent some time looking at the models on offer. Speaking of models, a slim, red-haired girl was the only female spotted with a group of Slovenian players, although she didn’t appear attached to any of them.