Wet weather no match for MTN8 fans

2013-09-28 18:53

Rain seems to be synonymous with the MTN8 Cup final.

The thunder showers that fell in KwaZulu-Natal this weekend reminded the fans of the wet final of the inaugural event when the Kaizer Chiefs-Mamelodi Sundowns clash was washed out in 2008, forcing a postponement that Amakhosi subsequently clinched 4-3 on penalties.

But this time around, the rain did not stop the match or dampen the spirit of the fans, who instead found time to chill out at the beach despite the overcast weather.

With due respect to this year’s finalists, Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars, the organisers would still relish a match of the same proportion as the Soweto derby that played midweek.

Traditionally, there is a much more buzzing build-up among the fans in any final that feature Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, hence the semifinal that culminated at Orlando Stadium on Heritage Day was dubbed “a final before the final”.

There was virtually no overwhelming razzmatazz leading to tonight’s final, particularly on a month-end weekend.

The virtual lack of fan movement around town could be blamed on the wet weather.

Along the south beach, the blaring sound of a vuvuzela revealed the whereabouts of the fans heading for the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

It was a group of Pirates fans, embracing the fact that they were touring a city known as Mzansi’s playground.

Some were from as far as Swartruggens in North West, with the majority from Soweto and Pretoria.

A handful of cars with “NW” registrations at the hotels’ parking gave away the presence of Stars’ followers.

A drive to the iconic 2010 Fifa World Cup semifinal venue four hours before kickoff painted a different picture.

A sizable chunk of fans, who were mostly clad in Pirates regalia, formed long queues leading to the turnstiles.

It was at the Mabhida Stadium precinct where there was an aroma of shisa nyama, the continuous blaring of the vuvuzela and whistling that paved the way to the sixth final of the top eight played under the MTN guise.

It was also a good day for business for the informal traders who were selling anything from bandanas and hats to the famous makarapa.

The security personnel that surrounded the entry points to the match venue had little to do as the control was manageable, thanks to the punctuality of the fans.

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