Die-hard fans will not abandon their team in time of need

They maybe disappointed and frustrated but they’re certainly not giving up on their dear club, just yet.

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That is what Mthatha Bucks fans told the Daily Dispatch, adding that they believed the tough times faced by the National First Division side would soon pass, hence they would continue to support Amathol’mnyama through thick and thin.

This was after Bucks lost 3-1 to log-leaders Highlands Park at Mthatha Stadium over the weekend to mark their seventh loss this season in 14 games.

A die-hard Bucks supporter, Mthokozisi Sduba from KwaSitwayi, said he has always been a Bucks fan, and seeing his team struggling was painful to him and other followers.

“It’s not nice seeing our team losing like this, because we love this team more than anything, and I can’t even explain to you what is happening right now to Bucks.

“But then again I don’t count this game as loss because the referee [Tshidiso Mkhwanazi] was not neutral – you saw him denying us two clear goals.”

Sduba said some senior players also cost the team and that management could have taken them out and replaced them with fresh blood.

“Loyiso Simandla really cost us and I don’t know why they let him play the whole the game. Because most of the times he was wasting the chances we got and he couldn’t play the way we needed him to play.

“I’m just hoping we can still reach our goal, which is to reach the PSL, but then again you may never know, because this is football and we still have more games to play.”

He said he also believed that being without a coach for just over a month now following the exit of former mentor, Ian Palmer, also played a pertinent role in Amathol’mnyama’s performance.

“I think when the new coach [Duncan Lechesa] takes up his position we will be in a better position, but I for one won’t stop supporting the team because we’re not winning.

“These are my people and I’ll never stop buying a ticket with my R20, because this is our team. We’ve come very far with it.

“This is just a phase that we will soon pass, and getting back to our winning ways is inevitable.”

Another die-hard fan from Southernwood, Sonwabo Sthebe, was also convinced that Amathol’mnyama would soon bounce back, and that their position on the log would improve.

“This has put us down to number 13 on the standings, and I admit that this is painful to us as fans, but if we want things to change, we should keep supporting our team.

“Because if we do that the whole squad might just come around and fight for us in every game they play.”

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