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Ntombi Nzama has not missed a Kaizer Chiefs home game in well over a decade.
Come rain or shine she is at the stadium, adorned in yellow and black, backing her favourite team.
Even if there is a family funeral, Nzama finds a way of sneaking off immediately after the formal proceedings just so she can get to the stadium before kick-off.
The Soweto resident, a self-titled superfan who considers herself a member of the Kaizer Chiefs family, fell in love with the team at a young age.
She says during family gatherings her late grandmother, who was also a staunch Chiefs fan, would hand out sweets to all her grandchildren – but if a grandchild approached her without displaying the Chiefs peace sign there would be no sweets for that grandchild.
“It’s funny when I think about it now because my grandmother was brainwashing us, turning us into Chiefs supporters without us knowing it. We were too young to understand football, but she made sure that we were already supporters of her favourite team, even before we understood the game.”
As fate would have it, Nzama’s cousin, Cyril Nzama, was to become a popular Kaizer Chiefs player. Although this further fuelled her passion for Amakhosi, Ntombi gives all the credit for her superfan status to her grandmother.
“When Cyril joined Chiefs, I was already a fan of the team because grandma had drilled it into us. But I must admit that his opportunity made me love the team even more.”
In 2002, she met a man who was a staunch Chiefs supporter. He took her to a Soweto derby and that was the first time she watched a game live at the stadium.
“The experience was exciting but overwhelming at the same time. I loved Chiefs but it seemed I was surrounded by people who loved it more.
“Since that day I have never missed a Chiefs home game. If they are playing in other provinces, I make sure that I am home before the game starts on TV.
“I know my sister and my daughter are sometimes annoyed by my love of the game because I hog the remote when Chiefs are playing, but they have learnt to live with it.”
As a superfan Ntombi is up to date with what is happening at Naturena and she says it troubles her that Itumeleng Khune and Mandla Masango believed they were bigger than the team and fellow players.
“Khune is a brilliant goalkeeper but to make such demands was ridiculous and unfair to other players. I am happy though that sanity has prevailed and he is back home.
“Khune’s absence due to injury and his stubbornness may have been a blessing in disguise because it has exposed the treasure we have in goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo.”
Ntombi has been eagerly awaiting the Soweto derby. “Even if we don’t win, it won’t be a train smash. We have been winning anyway and Pirates have had a dry season. Besides, the Carling Black Label Cup seems to favour Pirates and, as Chiefs fans, we have accepted that.”
GLAMOUR GIRLS Ntombi Nzama (centre), who is a self-confessed superfan of Kaizer Chiefs, with her daughter Mbali (left) and cousin Nokulunga (right)