Mlungiseleli "Sundawana" Madela loved Sundowns. In fact, he was one of their biggest fans - a card-carrying member who never missed an important match.
So his death on Sunday, hardly 24 hours after the Mamelodi outfit won the inaugural Nedbank Cup, sent out shockwaves.
He loved the Brazilians so much that he would not eat or drink when they lost a game. He was so vocal that his house was the preferred meeting place for the local fans.
Madela was born in Alice, Eastern Cape, on October 6 1942. He attended Lovedale Junior Primary School and later Lovedale College, where he rubbed shoulders with ANC leaders such as Thamsanqa John, Oliver Tambo and Chris Hani.
His family moved to Gauteng and settled at Vlakplaas in 1958. In 1963 he started working for a gold mine in Springs, and it is here where he blossomed as a soccer player. In 1972 he moved to Prima Industrial in Benoni, where he became a grader operator for 33 years until his retirement in 2005.
His sister-in-law Thuli Zwakala described him as a loving and humble man. He is survived by his wife Clementine, five children and seven grandchildren.
He will be buried at Van Dyck Cemetery tomorrow. The service starts at 8am at the Lutheran Church in Wattville.