‘I would rather go hungry than miss a Pirates game’
Cost is not a factor when it comes to Lusanda Mchunu’s favourite soccer team, Orlando Pirates.
She recently spent more than R4 000 on travel, accommodation and meals just so she could watch her team play at Cape Town Stadium. To some, this may seem ludicrous, but to her, it’s all about the love of the game.
Mchunu eats and lives Orlando Pirates. Her Facebook page is full of pictures of her dressed in full Pirates gear. And her wardrobe is mainly black and white.
Mchunu, who lives in Jabulani, Soweto, blames her uncle for her undying love of the team: “Everything I know about Pirates, I learnt from him.”
It started back in 1998 while the family was still living in Nkandla. Her uncle was the only one who had a television and they were only allowed to watch TV on weekends, and those were times when soccer was being broadcast.
“To gain entry into his room, my uncle would demand that we make a Buccaneer sign. As we watched the game, he would teach us about the rules of soccer and why Pirates was the best team.
“I ended up loving Pirates and following their games every time I had the opportunity,” she says.
In 2005, Mchunu moved to Johannesburg and her uncle took her to a stadium to watch a Pirates game. She says she loved the experience and wished she could be at every game, but finances did not allow this because she was still a student at the University of Johannesburg.
Four years later, she started working and that’s when she decided that she would be at every Pirates game as long as it was in Gauteng.
She would go alone to these games, and then one day she met Pirates superfan Joy, who welcomed her with open arms.
She says: “We have been inseparable. We go to all the games, even if they are out of town.”
Mchunu says home games are not expensive for her because she only needs about R150, which covers her ticket, travel costs and meals.
But she does not compromise when it comes to her team’s kit. Every season, she buys a new shirt and now owns more than 15 Pirates jerseys.
“The most expensive kit I have bought so far cost me R1 450. I bought a Pirates track suit for R950 and jersey for R500 last month.
“Cost is not a factor when it comes to Pirates. I would rather go hungry than miss a game or not buy kit,” she says.
Mchunu, who is a card-carrying member of the club, says her team will take the Carling Black Label Cup.
“This cup is ours and [Kaizer] Chiefs know this well. It has been with us for years and will stay with us,” she says.
SUPERFAN Lusanda Mnchunu she is Oralando Pirates superfan