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Gift of vision for Mzion - Pirates No1 supporter

By unknown | Mar 13, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Louise McAuliffe

Louise McAuliffe

Orlando Pirates No 1 supporter Nale "Mzion" Mofokeng, 59, yesterday celebrated the restoration of his eyesight as a result of cataract operations to his eyes.

Mofokeng, whose eyesight started to deteriorate nine months ago due to his diabetic condition, read about the availability of cataract operations in an article with details of the Vodacom Foundation's Goal for Miracles initiative published in Sowetan.

Now Mofokeng can again watch his beloved Pirates using his own eyes.

A staunch supporter since the age of nine, he professes: "I have only missed one game in the last fifty years and that was because I was in hospital having this operation."

Mofokeng underwent two operations at the Netcare Rand Hospital in Berea, Johannesburg.

Talking about the operations he said: "Most people are scared of having operations due to pain. I want everyone who is scared of having a cataract operation to know there's little pain involved."

Mofokeng plans to board the Pirates supporters' bus travelling to Durban this weekend.

He said: "Now that doctors have removed the patch from my left eye, there is nothing to stop me. My boys will hear my vuvuzela when they trot onto the pitch."

The past few months have been difficult for Mofokeng as he relied on others to get him to and from games.

"I have been lucky because Pirates supporters have helped me. I battled to see the action on the field," Mofokeng said.

"I battled to see the players' jersey numbers because they were blurry."

Discharged from the hospital yesterday, Mofokeng was given the all clear by doctors who want to see him for a follow-up visit in two weeks time.

Mofokeng does not need to take any special measures to care for his eyes. He just needs to make sure that no one bumps into them. He does, however, need to monitor his diabetic condition by eating correctly.

More about Vodacom's Goals for Miracles: For every goal scored by Vodacom-sponsored teams Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic, a contribution is made towards free cataract operations through the South African National Council for the Blind, the Pretoria Eye Institute's Sight 4 U Cataract Project and the Netcare Vodacom Sight For You Programme.


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