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Late goal saves Funky's skin

By unknown | Dec 11, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Sowetan Funky Vilakazi, a die-hard Kaizer Chiefs fan, made his way out of Soccer City in the 85th minute a heart- broken man.

Vilakazi, dressed in the famous gold and black colours of Amakhosi, was trying to avoid his friends who supported Orlando Pirates.

At that stage, Amabhakabhaka were leading 1-0.

But Vilakazi's nightmare ended in referee's optional time when he was about to reach his car that was parked opposite the VIP entrance gate.

Ten minutes after the game had ended, Vilakazi was still not even aware who earned Chiefs a point in this Soweto derby at Soccer City.

"I was not looking forward to going to work because I was going to be a laughing stock; I'm the only Chiefs supporter at work," said Vilakazi.

"I'm now even looking forward to going to church. I wish all the players were aware of the trauma the fans go through after losing in a derby," said Vilakazi, of Zola.

Vilakazi was one of the multitudes of supporters from as far as Seshego, Umlazi, Mafikeng, Vryburg, Nelspruit, Mbabane and Maseru who had come to witness the match.

The attendance was a fitting farewell to Soccer City, which is now closed for renovations to prepare for the 2010 World Cup.

It was good to see several hundred white supporters, some of them dressed in the colours of the two clubs, in attendance.

Despite a strong police presence, several people were seen openly selling match tickets at between R25 and R60.

The tickets cost R20 at Computicket outlets.

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