‘Yeye’ feels for the supporters and players


Reneilwe Letsholonyane, affectionately known as ‘Yeye’ in football circles believes it’s a challenge for players who are used to be watched by thousands of supporters to play behind closed doors.

Letsholonyane is an ambassador for Carling Black Label Cup, which is a pre-season tournament pitting Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

Speaking in KwaMashu, KwaZulu Natal, at a Carling Black Label supporters day, the former Chiefs midfield maestro said that players have to understand the challenges that the country and the entire world is faced with.

“It’s difficult obviously to play and even watch the game of this magnitude without the supporters at the stadium,” said Letsholonyane.

“But unfortunately, it is what it is, this is the situation that we are facing in this pandemic (Covid-19) and we can’t do anything, but to adhere to rules and regulations of the country, so that we can overcome the challenge that we are facing.”

Letsholonyane featured in this tournament for Amakhosi and he was on the receiving end of two defeats by their rivals Pirates, in the first two years of its inception.

He has first hand experience of playing in the Carling Cup and knows what the supporters demand from players.

“It feels good, I have experienced the playing part and now I’ve been tasked to be an ambassador for the same tournament that I took part in,” he continued.

“It is a humbling experience for me that the supporters, the club and the brand want to be associated with me,” added Letsholonyane.

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By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter