Bash of the year nom­i­nee

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Su­perS­port threw what has to have been the largest party of the year so far (after the ANC’s Jan­uary 8 cel­e­bra­tions of course) last Satur­day night. It also boasted more celebri­ties, with per­for­mances by stars of the mo­ment Lira, Babes Wo­dumo and AKA, and oth­ers the older au­di­ence mem­bers could ap­pre­ci­ate. The broad­caster booked the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre for the black-tie gala event to cel­e­brate the 10th year of its re­la­tion­ship with the Pre­mier Soc­cer League (PSL). More than 700 guests – in­clud­ing foot­ballers, coaches, politi­cians and celebri­ties – turned up dressed mostly in black suits.

The pro­por­tion of women at­ten­dees was not much to write home about, but those who did pitch looked quite gor­geous.

But more gor­geous by far were hosts and pre­sen­ters Robert Marawa and Carol Tsha­bal­ala, who have be­come ubiq­ui­tous features at ev­ery foot­ball oc­ca­sion.

This was no dif­fer­ent as they hosted the event along­side de­lec­ta­ble new Su­perS­port pre­sen­ter Min­nie Dlamini.

Dlamini looked stun­ning in a red lace over­lay gown, on heels so high she had to be helped to step on and off the podium by a pro­duc­tion crew mem­ber.

Also gor­geous was Tsha­bal­ala who looked like a boss in a blue gown. Speaking of am­ple as­sets, booty­li­cious Marawa, Pearl Thusi’s bae, looked as though the set­tled life has gone to his waist­line. His chest has ... er ... slipped a bit.

Be­cause the event was broad­cast live on Mzansi Magic and Su­perS­port4, time was strictly co­or­di­nated and guests had to be seated an hour and a half be­fore it started. We were served starters of chicken in pro­sciutto and a mag­nif­i­cent main course of lamb shank, in quick suc­ces­sion be­fore the pro­ceed­ings started at 8pm.

Sports Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula is un­likely to miss any event where there is a TV cam­era around, so he flew in from Dur­ban, then Cape Town and straight to Jo­han­nes­burg for the show. He lent some hu­mour to the event, ridi­cul­ing the up­tight guests for be­ing un­able to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Babes Wo­dumo, who per­formed along­side Big Nuz on the night. “Some of you might be see­ing her for the first time. That was Babes Wo­dumo, ladies and gen­tle­men,” he said.

He also sub­tweeted Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers leader Julius Malema, saying that as ANC Youth League pres­i­dent at the time the Su­perS­port deal was signed with the PSL, Malema op­posed it and was guilty of mis­guided pop­ulism.

The ar­chi­tects of the deal, PSL chairman Irvin Khoza and Naspers Video En­ter­tain­ment CEO Im­tiaz Pa­tel were on hand to tell us amus­ing sto­ries about how they over­came the odds to give us Su­perdiski.

Older at­ten­dees lapped up the per­for­mances of Mdu and Tromp­ies, who dis­ap­point­ingly per­formed only one song each.

Some in­ter­est­ing guests in­cluded ANC spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa, who, along­side Mbalula, United Demo­cratic Front leader Bantu Holomisa, foot­ball leg­ends Lu­cas Radebe and Benni McCarthy, coaches Pitso Mosi­mane, Stu­art Bax­ter and new Ajax Cape Town coach Stan­ley Menzo, also graced the event.

Su­perS­port sure knows how to throw a party.

– Staff re­porter

Guest Lalla Hi­rayama Au­thor and speaker Nobuntu Web­ster, and Sa­sol’s pub­lic and reg­u­la­tory af­fairs head, Wrenelle Stander Science cat­e­gory win­ner Leslie Petrik and so­cial en­trepreneur­ship cat­e­gory win­ner Mary Rale­tooane at the lunch

AKA, who de­liv­ered a fab­u­lous per­for­mance

Pop star Lira, whose dad played for Orlando Pi­rates

PSL chair­per­son Irvin Khoza, Sports Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula, Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Mo­taung and Naspers Video En­ter­tain­ment CEO Im­tiaz Pa­tel

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