We love a good story in Supporters Club. Today, we speak to a man who was deeply affected by the selling and relocation of Mpumalanga Black Aces to Cape Town.
This morning, Supporters Club caught up with a man named Thomas Sibande. He was originally born in Zimbabwe, and moved to Mpumalanga to find work. The move compelled him to become a Mpumalanga Black Aces fan – at the time, the club had just been created in its current form.
"I worked as a line manager in a warehouse in Mpumalanga, I was there for many years. At first, I was confused because I was not home so I did not have a team to support, but I love soccer, so I adopted Mpumalanga Black Aces," he said.
"Last season, I was so happy, I cannot even describe it. I never imagined we would do so well, Collins Mbesuma brought us so much happiness. Then, when it was announced they were selling the club, I was heartbroken, utterly heartbroken.
"Then, strangely, my employers told me they were relocating me to a different branch. I was really upset by this news, my club and my job all in one week. Then it turns out that I was being relocated to work in Cape Town, and about a month later I saw the news on Soccer Laduma that Mpumalanga Black Aces was coming to Cape Town too!
"It was bittersweet, I tell you! Life is a funny thing but it always works out. Now I am a Cape Town City boy! How about that? I'm definitely going to the game tonight."
What do you think of Thomas' story?