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LL.M. Alumni Renew Friendship at World Cup in South Africa

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Motsa (left) and Kuroda (LL.M. ’05)


Tetsuro Kuroda of Japan and Muzi Motsa of Swaziland first met at the Law School as members of the LL.M. Class of 2005. They had kept in touch but hadn’t seen each other since graduating.

Then Kuroda got tickets for two quarterfinal matches of soccer’s 2010 World Cup, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in early July. His wife of three months declined his invitation to travel 8,000 miles just “for watching soccer games,” Kuroda said an email to Meredith M. McQuaid, Associate Vice President in the Office of International Programs. So he decided to contact Motsa.

With just a three-hour drive between his home in Swaziland and his friend in Johannesburg, Motsa jumped in his car, and soon the two were watching soccer and catching up. Motsa also had left behind a new wife—of approximately 1 month.

The alumni spent two days together. “It was quite nice to meet an old friend after five years’ separation,” Kuroda said.

The games ended with a win for Spain, the first time it has ever won the World Cup. As for the question Kuroda posed in his email, “Do you think we were bad husbands?” no decision has been announced.