A young soccer supporter who was sitting next to David Thidiela when his team, Black Leopards, were playing SuperSport United in the Telkom Knockout Cup in Thohoyandou a fortnight ago, did not see much of the action.
Why? Because Thidiela acted strangely whenever his team scored a goal.
The Leopards' chairman was later seen talking to the young supporter from Nzhelele and those who overheard the two said their conversation went like this:
Young supporter: "Hu khou itea mini nga vhone Vho-Thidiela? Huna zwine nda nga vha itela naa? (What's happing with you Mr Thidiela, and is there anything I can do for you?)
Thidiela (clearly not interested in what the young boy was saying) retorted: "Azwi todi inwi. Bvelani phanda nau sedza mutambo, ni khaukane na nne." (It's none of your business.Just watch the game and leave me alone.)
The young supporter left Thidiela alone, but did not take his eyes off the Leopards boss while he continued talking in tongues whenever his nippy striker Rudzani Ramudzuli scored.
Other Leopards supporters were equally befuddled by Thidiela's behaviour and one was brave enough to approach him for an explanation after the match.
Thidiela: I don't know. Ndi khou Livhuwa Mudzimu ngauri ro nwisa goals. Mudzimu rifhe maanda u mangadza vha pikisani vhashu ure rido wina mutatisano hoyu. (I thanked God that we scored and may He give us power to surprise our foes and win this tournament.]