Zimbabwe Davis Cup tennis player Mlandeli Ndlela finally managed to make it out of Egypt and was expected in the country on Thursday night.
Ndlela, who had gone to Egypt for the International Tennis federation (ITF) Futures tournament, was among the 18 000 passengers that were stranded at Cairo airport in an attempt to escape the volatile protest that have rocked the country.
According to Daniel Ndlela, the player’s father, he left Egypt on Wednesday night using the Emirates Airlines that took him to Dubai from where he got a connecting flight to South Africa.
“Mlandeli is safe now and is currently at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa, from where he will proceed here. We expect him anytime this evening depending on the flights. He is lucky that this time he travelled with cash otherwise he could have been in trouble,” said the Harare-based economist.
Ndlela was in Cairo as Zimbabwe’s sole representative in the ITF Futures tournament which was called off last Sunday.
He had arrived in Cairo on Thursday for the tournament, but the tournament was called off after violence broke out in the north African country.
The mass protests started on January 25 in a bid to force out President Hosni Mubarak.
According to reports from Egypt, Cairo’s international airport was a scene of chaos as thousands of foreigners sought to flee the unrest and countries around the world scrambled to send in planes to evacuate their citizens.