Ex-Downs chairperson reveals the story behind her nickname

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Safa President Danny Jordaan is flanked by (from left) his newly appointed vice-presidents Bennett Bailey, Safa CEO Teboho Motlanthe, technical director Walter Steenbok, Natasha Tsichlas and Linda Zwane. Photo: SAFA
Safa President Danny Jordaan is flanked by (from left) his newly appointed vice-presidents Bennett Bailey, Safa CEO Teboho Motlanthe, technical director Walter Steenbok, Natasha Tsichlas and Linda Zwane. Photo: SAFA

In this edition of Story Behind My Nickname, former Mamelodi Sundowns chairperson Natasha Tsichlas reveals the origin behind her popular nickname "Iron Lady".

A name at first, she did not like because of its original owner and United Kingdom's most hated Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

"It was many, many years ago, you know, when you are a woman running a team that was doing really well," Tsichlas tells KickOff.

"I think it was the early nineties where we brought Sheffield to play in South Africa, and it was our first game at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

"It was actually the first football game at Loftus, they didn't want to give us the stadium.

"For about two years, there was like a big fight. They didn't want to give the stadium to football, the rugby people.

"There was a big fight, and I told them this stadium belongs to everybody, and eventually we got it.

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"I remember Sy Lerman wrote a story about it, and he gave me that name, he called me 'Iron Lady'.

"And since then you know that name, I carry it with me. So he is responsible.

"At the beginning, I was not happy, you know, but because people loved it I had to accept.

"I didn't like it because Iron Lady it's how people used to refer to Thatcher."

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