Thu­la­sizwe Mbuyane

We loved Juju so much

Soccer Laduma - - Make Your Point - Mama Joy Chauke – Or­lando Pi­rates sup­porter

“To be hon­est with you, if the cur­rent play­ers can learn from peo­ple like Thu­la­sizwe Mbuyane, there would al­ways be more peo­ple at our sta­di­ums. Juju cared about the sup­port­ers so much that, when­ever he scored, he would cel­e­brate with his team­mates and the sup­port­ers to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion. He was also a team player that al­ways showed and cre­ated a pos­i­tive team spirit. He didn’t only do that with his team­mates but the sup­port­ers as well. He cared about us and un­der­stood the sup­port­ers’ im­por­tance in the game. That’s why he al­ways danced with us and ev­ery­one knows the ‘Juju dance’ and the im­pact it had in terms of unit­ing the sup­port­ers. We loved Juju so much for that and you won’t find even one sup­porter hav­ing any­thing neg­a­tive to say about Juju. We all have good things to say about him be­cause he was one of us. When­ever we played Mamelodi Sun­downs, as sup­port­ers, we al­ways knew that, as long as Juju was on the field, he would score and put a smile on our faces. We al­ways had an up­per hand against Sun­downs be­cause of Juju and you can see the dif­fer­ence in our re­sults with them af­ter Juju left. They started giv­ing us prob­lems un­til re­cently and that goes to show the im­por­tance of Mbuyane in our team. That’s the kind of per­son Juju was in the team and we re­ally miss him. He had an un­be­liev­able re­la­tion­ship with ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing the sup­port­ers. Just re­cently, when we beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-1, Juju made time to cel­e­brate and do the ‘Juju dance’ with us, even though he was busy work­ing on the day. That re­minded us of the days he was still in our team and the role he played. He took pic­tures and spoke to a lot of our sup­port­ers and that brought a lot of good mem­o­ries. When you’re talk­ing about Juju, you’re talk­ing about a peo­ple’s per­son. I would like to urge Pi­rates sup­port­ers not to for­get about Juju and what he’s done for our team. Let’s please vote for one of us to be in­ducted into the club’s Hall of Fame. He de­serves to be among the club’s #80Le­gends. Even to­day, Juju re­mains one of our own be­cause he will al­ways be a Buc­ca­neer. Juju, Juju, Juju, Juju!”

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