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An unemployed graduate is hoping to cycle to the World Cup in South Africa this summer - and is looking for a companion to travel with her.

Lindsey Cole, from Buckinghamshire, has been unable to find a job since completing a masters degree in journalism, so instead she thought she'd do the 8,000 miles to South Africa in time for the World Cup finals in July.

But according to the BBC, Lindsey's mum isn't happy about her travelling through countries including Sudan, Ethiopia and Botswana on her own, and has insisted she find a co-rider for the five-month adventure.

"Being a girl it's not really safe on my own - my mother was not at all happy about the idea of me going all that way on my own at all. So I'm looking for someone mad enough to do it with me," she said.

"It could be either male or female - that doesn't matter at all, but it would definitely have to be someone with personality, ambition, drive and of course someone who wants some adventure.

"It doesn't have to be someone who is necessarily experienced in cycling, as long as they have determination to succeed - they don't even have to be a football supporter either."

The trip will begin in Egypt's capital, Cairo, in February.

Anyone interested in making the trip can e-mail Lindsey at: joinmecycle2sa [at] gmail.com