Sundowns to launch supporters’ branch

Sundowns to launch supporters’ branch

MASERU – Mamelodi Sundowns legend Raphael Chukwu will be the guest of honour when the South African giants launch their Lesotho supporters’ branch next month.
The event will be held on July 6 at Kubung Guest House in Naleli.
The occasion will officially mark the birth of a Sundowns supporters’ branch in Lesotho.
Until now the branch has been run by a temporary committee and next month’s get-together will also see the election of a new permanent board.
It will be the first time a foreign team has an official supporters’ branch in Lesotho.

Chukwu, a former Nigeria international striker, is a Sundowns legend having inspired the club to two league titles in the late 90’s with his goals.
He will not be the only special guest in Naleli, however; all 10 of Sundowns’ provincial branches in South Africa are expected to be there as well as other branches from Botswana and Swaziland.
According to Lechesa Ntšuthele, who is a member of the temporary committee overseeing preparations for the launch, about 300 people from outside the country have already confirmed their presence.
Sundowns have become a continental powerhouse over the past decade. They won the CAF Champions League in 2016 and claimed South Africa’s top-flight Premier Soccer League title in May, their third championship triumph in the past four seasons.

Ntšuthele said organisers are trying to get Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe to attend the gala but his presence has not been confirmed yet.
Ntšuthele said the supporters’ branch is good news for Sundowns supporters in the country as they will now be able to meet and celebrate the successes of the Pretoria-based club together.
Those in attendance at next month’s event will also get a first chance to secure official Sundowns club membership.
“To open a branch, you have to follow procedures from the club and then they will give you a go-ahead and that’s what we have done,” Ntšuthele said.

“The supporters will get their membership cards for M20 on the day (July 6) because the people from Pretoria said they will come with the printing machines. However, if you fail to apply on the day, you will still get (the membership) but it will now take time because we will have to submit forms to Pretoria.
“If you have the membership card you will enjoy the benefits such as getting tickets to matches at cut prices and you can buy original Sundowns kit from Pretoria. There are a lot of benefits,” Ntšuthele said.
The launch will start with a fun-walk from Mokorotlong in downtown Maseru to Setsoto Stadium. From there fans will get in their cars to Naleli for the celebrations.

“There are so many supporters in the country who love and support Mamelodi Sundowns but it is difficult to meet because we are scattered all over but with the branch we will have one place where we can meet and enjoy, talk about the club, voice our opinions and celebrate the successes,” Ntšuthele said.
Ntšuthele said the branch members do have local teams they support and following Sundowns does not mean they do not follow local teams. He said everyone is invited to the launch in Naleli.
“Sundowns just won the (South African) league, they won the Champions League not so long ago, but we were not able to celebrate, but now we will,” Ntšuthele said.
“Again, we will be able to attend games together unlike now where we are attending individually with our own cars. If we have a branch it will be easier.”

Tlalane Phahla


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