Orlando Pirates have touched down in the Mother City! Tonight, they take on Ajax Cape Town in an interesting league encounter. Such is the nature of the Buccaneers that they have a vibrant support base all around the country, even in Cape Town. This may just be a home game for the Ghost Ship.
Supporters Club caught up with passionate Cape Town-based Buccaneers supporter Rasta Yeko, who used to host the players in a house in his township, to find out how things have changed,
Beaver Nazo: Rasta, how are you doing, bhuti?
Rasta Yeko: Hey Beaver, all good, man.
BN: The Buccaneers are in town today. What is the mood in the Mother City?
RY: The mood is very high among the supporters. Remember, we have a new team, as you know we are in a rebuilding process, and the fans wants to see what the team will bring to us.
BN: You've come a long way with Pirates. Care to share some of your memories with us?
RY: It's a long story, Beaver, but I will be brief. Yes, I've come a very long way with the team, from 1989. We use to take them to places like barbershops, local radio stations and other places. Some of these boys, especially those who grew up in our development, will attest to that. They used to come to us in the township whenever they came to Cape Town. We would welcome them from the airport. We still do that even today. We make sure that there are supporters cheering them when they land at the airport.
BN: Coach Muhsin Ertugral took over the team from Eric Tinkler. Your thoughts on him thus far?
RY: Well, Beaver, firstly I would like to urge all the Bucs supporters to be patient with him while he builds the team. I know him and his philosophy. The type of players that we have suit his style very well and I'm sure he will get the best out of them.
BN: Any chance of silverware fo the team this season?
RY: I think if the players understand him quick enough, we might get one trophy this season. I would like him to build the team with no pressure, though. At Pirates, the priority is the league tttle, but we can only expect that after the team has been built.
BN: Lastly, any message for the team and their supporters for tonight's game?
RY: Well, we wish them to give us three points because it would be the best gift to us. To the supporters, let us all go and fill the stadium and support our team. Even those who don't support Pirates, let us go and support the beautiful game!
Is it still important for teams to engage with their local fan base in townships, etc.?