Dai Lama gives his blessings to Swansea City ahead of League Cup Final
WHATEVER happens on the hallowed turf of Wembley, the Swans won't be lacking for divine intervention.
Yes, the club now have one of the world's major religious figures on their side in their quest to be crowned Capital One Cup champions.
Fans of Bradford City were breathing a sigh of relief on the weekend after Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama offered them his support ahead of the final.
But now Wales's very own spiritual guru, the Welsh Dalai Lama has delivered his own unique brand of blessing to the Swans ahead of the Wembley showdown on Sunday, February 24.
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The mystic Dai Lama, who spends his days offering advice to rugby fans and praying for an upturn in fortunes of the Welsh rugby team on the social media website Twitter, took time out of his busy schedule to wish the football boys the best of luck.
Dai said: "My Tibetan twin's blessing has not gone unnoticed here at my West Wales monastery!
"I can't help thinking he's sided with Bradford solely because their kit matches his robe.
"Well, I'm doing things the other way round — I've got myself some new kit to match theirs!
"My chief disciple Tenzing spent all morning turning my white bedsheet into a stylish Swans robe. I'm sleeping on the mattress now but it's totally worth it!
"My follower number on Twitter has shot up over the last few days, mainly Swans fans turning to me in their hour of need.
"I will not let them down.
"I am going to bless one of my famous prayer flags and pick one of my loyal disciples to make sure it finds its way to the boyos down at the Liberty Stadium."
Dai has gained a cult following through his Twitter account which has more than 17,000 followers.
His Tibetan "brother" hit the news over the weekend when he blessed League Two Bradford City.
He was made honorary president of the club and was presented with his own Bradford City shirt.
Dai was quick to offer words of wisdom to the Swans but after recent results he also cautioned against too much optimism.
He said: "What do I think of the Swans' chances now I'm in their corner?
"Well, my blessings for them can't go any worse than the blessings I gave the Welsh rugby team lately... can they?"
Yesterday club chaplain Kev Johns said he would also be asking for a bit of spiritual help too to ensure the Swans are fully prepared for the final — and has prepared a special poem for the big match as well.
Kev said: "We have seen plenty of little North Bank prayers over the years.
"I will have a quiet word with the Lord and remind him of his Welsh connections — Swansea is the home of the great 19th-century religious revival that touched the world."
Cup final tickets were set to go on sale to Jack Army members who are not season ticket holders and have 29 membership points, online at 10am today.
Members who are not season ticket holders and have no membership points can purchase them from 10am tomorrow.
Any remaining tickets left after this will go on general sale on Monday, February 11.
These purchases will be limited to one ticket per person.