I have been longing to write this letter to you brothers, Molefi Mika, Sello Rabothata and Sipho Mthembu (the Three Musketeers of 61 Commando Road), since I started reading Sowetan, uMsowetho, as I affectionately call it.
I consider myself as uMsowetho as I was born in Zola (my mother's home, although I grew up in my father's land in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal).
I am impressed by the manner in which you comment and analyse the beautiful game.
I have never found myself on the opposite side of any of your topics, which I sometimes find very strange.
I hate missing a copy of uMsowetho, let alone missing Sports Indaba on Thursdays. You're the most brave sports writers in this country; you touch the untouchables and tell them the way you feel.
To mention a few of your commentaries I liked: Phillippe Troussier leaving an in-form Pollen Ndlanya and Benni McCarthy - not the now big-headed Benni - out of the national team; Stuart Baxter and his agent Rob Moore; Kaizer Motaung's appeal after Chiefs supporters had set the stadium on fire.
Jomo Sono raising the middle finger in the Pirates v Cosmos game; Safa taking a Pirates' development team to a tournament which was meant for national teams; and most recently, referees to attend a refresher course.
They called you names, criticised you for telling the truth, but you didn't care.
I will hate the day you Three Musketeers of 61 Commando Road call it a day.
Now my request to you.
I am a true Pirate, so please convince Dr Irvin Khoza, the "Iron Duke", to buy the following players, even if they are contracted to their current teams:
Silver Stars' Wayne Sandilands, if not yet signed by Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns' Elias Ngoepe, Moroka Swallows' Lefa Tsutsulupa and Celtic's Petros Mahlatsi.
Lesley Nyathela Hlongwane,