Gogo tight with top team

2016-05-25 06:00
THUMBS UP: A jubilant Ntshepeng Masakala (96), the oldest faithful supporter of Mamelodi Sundowns, receives royal treatment from Patrice Motsepe (right), the club’s president, joined by local prominent figure (and also a faithful supporter) Jankie “Baba” Sebolao at the club’s celebration of winning the PSL Championship. Photo supplied

THUMBS UP: A jubilant Ntshepeng Masakala (96), the oldest faithful supporter of Mamelodi Sundowns, receives royal treatment from Patrice Motsepe (right), the club’s president, joined by local prominent figure (and also a faithful supporter) Jankie “Baba” Sebolao at the club’s celebration of winning the PSL Championship. Photo supplied

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A DREAM came true for granny Ntshepeng Masakala (96) when she met the Mamelodi Sundowns players, technical team and the club’s president, Patrice Motsepe.

Masakala expressed her wish to meet the iconic team on Monday, 15 May, at her 96th birthday celebration. She had hoped this would be possible when her all-time favourite team came to play in Bloemfontein after the start of the new 2016-’17 Premier Soccer League season in August.

However, this happened much sooner than expected, after Motsepe had ensured she travelled to Pretoria to watch the game live when Sundowns played against Platinum Stars, winning by 1-0 in the last fixture of the 2015-’16 season.

Masakala, from Botshabelo, town got the royal treatment from the Sundowns camp and was elated to meet the players, technical team and Motsepe. What is more, she ended up being part of the team’s celebration of winning the 2015-’16 Premier Soccer League trophy – increasing the team’s record to seven since the inception of the PSL in 1996.

The mother of four children – two sons, Toko and Khothatso, and two daughters, Matitiso and Selloane – granny Masakala distinguishes herself as the only supporter of Sundowns in a family supporting Orlando Pirates.

She has been supporting Sundowns since the era of piano and shoe shine in the mid 80s, when the club made a clean sweep of winning trophies. Her late husband, Dipha­phang, was a staunch supporter of Kaizer Chiefs.

Her all-expenses paid trip to Pretoria was a fitting belated birthday gift. She is the oldest supporter of the Brazilians, as Sundowns are affectionately known. Motsepe ensured Masakala was able to go on the trip after arranging with Jankie “Baba” Sebolao, the club’s Free State liaison officer. Masakala met the likes of coach Pitso Mosimane and Alex Shakoane, team publicist.

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