Prolific striker Peter Shalulile’s meteoric rise at Mamelodi Sundowns has made the club a hit in his home country – Namibia.
Shalulile’s terrific displays for the PSL champions has spurred efforts to have a Sundowns supporters branch in Namibia. In fact, plans are already afoot to launch a branch in Windhoek.
Over the weekend, a delegation from Sundowns, led by Sundowns National Supporters Coordinator Cedric Moela and National Supporters Secretary Mpho Mothupi, flew to Namibia, where they met supporters of the club in Windhoek. Though talks to have a Sundowns branch in Namibia had been there before Shalulile’s arrival at Chloorkop, Mothupi revealed the striker’s influence.
“To some extent he is a factor,” Mothupi told FARPost. “Given the fact that this branch showed interest even before Peter could be signed by Sundowns, obviously he has an impact in that because they can see one of their own, being a prolific striker in Peter, is part and parcel of the club. So that obviously elevated their interest. That’s why we are almost on the verge of that launch.”
Mothupi says the leadership of Sundowns supporters were doing due diligence to check if requirements are in place for the Brazilians to launch their branch in Namibia. Already the club has branches in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.
“The reason we had to go all the way to Namibia was for the fact that we had to have an assessment meeting with Namibians. There is a branch which is yet to be formed in Namibia so we as the national leadership had to first assess the branch to establish the eligibility for the purposes of the launch. The supporters started mobilizing a few years back and the mobilization gained momentum for the better part of late last year where we got involved in providing guidance to the coordination of branch leadership,” said Mothupi.
Indications are most Namibians, who follow their star man Shalulile, will soon be card carrying members of the ten times PSL champions. Mothupi, who disclosed that Shalulile sent a video message urging supporters to back the Brazilians, says a date has been set already for when the club’s fourth branch, outside the borders of the country, will be launched officially.
“The launch date has already been agreed upon and finalized. It’s next year on March 5. We are obviously looking forward to expanding the brand even more. Obviously Mamelodi Sundowns is a global brand and cannot be confined to the RSA shores only,” said Mothupi.
With Shalulile on fire, chances are the Brazilians are likely to amass significant numbers in the talisman’s country.
By Hosea Ramphekwa