Popular supporter MamaJoy leaves Orlando Pirates for DStv Premiership rivals Royal AM


Popular Orlando Pirates supporter Joy "MamaJoy" Chauke has sensationally ended her 32-year relationship with the Soweto giants.

Mamajoy revealed the reasons behind her decision to jump ship from the Buccaneers to DStv Premiership rivals Royal AM.

Chauke detailed that she became sympathetic towards Royal AM owner Shauwn "Mamkhize" Mkhize after suffering "bad treatment" before buying a top-flight status at the beginning of the season.

"Remember Mamkhize desperately wanted to get into the PSL and ended up buying the status of Bloemfontein Celtic," Chauke reveals to Kickoff.com.

"That showed how serious she wanted to own a top-flight PSL status.

Scroll through the gallery above to see some iconic pictures of MamaJoy and her fellow Buccaneers supporters

"I don't want to lie it touched me. I said to myself if this mama wants something she goes for it and she gets it.

"Our passion for football is the same. I want to learn a lot from her. As a mama let me support another mama. It's women empowerment.

"I'm the one who approached her. I asked to be one of her club supporters. So we can recruit other supporters for the team so it can grow.

"I know Mamkhize she will be able to buy quality players to stay in the DStv Premiership. There's no way Royal AM will get relegated. But even if she does I will go down with her, and come back with her again."

Chauke also revealed details as to how her longstanding relationship with the Buccaneers began.

"I started supporting Pirates since 1989," Chauke added. "But I started buying merchandise and attending games in 2001 when I moved to Gauteng.

"At the stadium, I used to sit behind the goals with the likes of Mzayoni.

"So one day during a team warm-up Peter Ndlovu struck me with a ball and I fainted. Pirates were facing Sundowns.

"After that, the late Zodwa Khoza said 'from now on I don't want to see you sitting behind the goals again. From today I want to see you sitting in the middle of the park, I've been sitting there ever since.'"

MamaJoy also hit back at those claiming the reason for her abandoning Pirates is because she is after Mamkhize's wealth.

"People will always assume the worst because of Mamkhize's family status. People think maybe she promised me a salary or whatever, I'm going there as a supporter, not to get paid.

"I was not even getting paid at Pirates. Football is my life. People will always think about money."

"I sent the club a message saying this has come up. To tell you the honest truth I haven't heard anything back. So silence means consent."