Superfan revealed: Why 'I Love Downs'

Fame & Fortune

Charles Nchabeleng, otherwise known as 'Chillies' or 'Moholo', is a staunch Mamelodi Sundowns supporter who doesn't allow unemployment to stand between him and his favourite club.

Nchabeleng, who started following Sundowns in 1986, explains why he always carries the 'I Love Downs' placard everywhere he goes to watch his favourite team in action.

"Sundowns has always been family to me, they have always taken care of me," he explains to

"I had to think of something that would make me stand out from the other fans, something that speaks for the love I have for my team Sundowns. I just decided to put the passion I have into words, hence the [I Love Downs] sign came about that way.

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"I'm based in Katlehong, 121 Zuma Section, single, no children. I'm an assistant, volunteer at Zion Christian Church. It doesn't come with a salary but they do provide us with food."

How does he afford every Sundowns game without a job?

"For our home games the team provides tickets for me and the likes, away games I have to depend on lifts and hikes... I can spend on average plus-minus R780 a month depending on the number of games.

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"I'm not mobile, don't have a car. My favourite Downs player is the team captain... Bra Hlompho [Kekana]. He is a wonderful role model, social and on the field of play."

Asked how people in his community react when they see him, Nchabeleng beams with pride.

"They see me, they see my team Sundowns, they know that I'm a superfan." 

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