Mamelodi Sundowns have shown themselves to be an incredible outfit over the past few days. They have obliterated most teams they have come across, and now find themselves in the final of the CAF Champions League. More incredible than the players are the supporters, though – here is a fantastic story of the lengths they will go to to support their team.
Supporters Club caught up with a Sundowns fan, Piet Thabane, who hitchhiked to Zambia to watch the first leg of the Brazilians' semi-final against Zesco United.
Beaver Nazo: Hey Piet, how are you doing?
Piet Thabane: Hey Beaver, all good man, The Star is the Limit hahahaha...
BN: We were told that you were in Zambia for the first leg of CCL semi-final. How was the trip and the game?
Piet: It was fine, man, we hitchhiked from here (Pretoria) to Zambia. We were supposed to travel by taxi, but we were told that the driver dropped us in the last moments. The five of us then decided that we will do everything in our power to get to Zambia. We went to car hire places and we were told that their cars don't go to Zambia, it was only Euro cars that was available and it was very expensive for us. It was over R10 000.
BN: So you guys hiked from South Africa to Zambia? When did you leave and at what time?
Piet: Yes, around 8pm in the evening and we paid a guy that was going to Limpopo R100 and we took a bus from Limpopo to Harare (Zimbabwe). Then, from Harare, we took a bus to Lusaka (Zambia), we got there at about 11pm on Friday evening. From Lusaka, we took another bus to Mbola, where the game was played. We got there at about 7am in the morning (Saturday).
BN: Wasn't there a bus that was organised by the team (Sundowns) for the supporters?
Piet: Well, no, my brother, not for that game, there was nothing for the supporters.
BN: So how many days did you guys travel to get to Zambia?
Piet: Almost three days, because we left here on Thursday and got to Lusaka midnight on Friday and then we got to Mbola early Saturday.
BN: Have you spoken to any one at Sundowns about this?
Piet: No, not at the moment. We met them at the hotel
BN: And how did you come back?
Piet: We bought the bus tickets and travelled by bus.
BN: How long did it take you to get back home?
Piet: We left Zambia early Sunday morning and we got here at around 5pm on Monday.
BN: Well, Piet let me let you rest man, thanks for sharing your story with us.
What's the craziest thing you have seen someone do to support their team?