‘South Africa represented’: Mama Joy takes World Cup [photos]

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South Africa may not have qualified for the Fifa World Cup in Qatar, but its superfan Mama Joy is not only representing our country but the African continent at the football tournament.

The die-hard soccer fan – real name Joy Chauke – is currently in Qatar after scoring a special invitation from the Fifa Fan Network.

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MAMA JOY HAS A BALL AT THE WORLD CUP

Decked in her green and gold regalia – and proudly showing off her SA flag – Mama Joy has been having a ball at the World Cup.

The football fanatic was one of several special guests from around the world invited by Fifa and Qatar’s Supreme Committee.

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Thank you God ,, Mamajoy Going to Qatar for the whole Tournament am going to represent all African (Continent)Supporters of football thank you Supreme Commitee working with FIFA for the 1st time in history of Football to arrange Fans from various countries pic.twitter.com/tFIBHN1Xr1

— MamaJoy Chauke (@JoyChauke5) November 17, 2022

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The fans are being treated to the World Cup experience and the opportunity to mingle with other zealous soccer lovers from all over the world. According to Sunday World, Mama Joy was selected to represent the country by the SA Football Association.

Mama Joy and the rest of the VIP guests are being homed in posh hotel rooms for the duration of the World Cup. They’ve also scored invites to several fan festival celebrations. And to top off the exciting experience, Mama Joy bragged about taking home the award for “best superfan” at the Fifa Fan Leader Network awards.

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Kaya ra Mina la a Qatar pic.twitter.com/3wd5dZzL16

— MamaJoy Chauke (@JoyChauke5) November 19, 2022

You won’t believe Family I attended The opening of FIFA Fan festival at Albidda Park ,,, They showed me on the screen with My SA scarf All the fans screamed from there Every fan wanted a pic it was pic after a pic Mamajoy is famous in Qatar ,,, I enjoyed pic.twitter.com/XKFn0AOGPT

— MamaJoy Chauke (@JoyChauke5) November 20, 2022

At the celebration of Supreme Commitee FIfa Fan Leaders ,,,, South Africa well represented ,, what do you think Mamajoy oja Joy in Qatar pic.twitter.com/MFBXogXkYV

— MamaJoy Chauke (@JoyChauke5) November 23, 2022

But despite her jovial persona, Mama Joy expressed her sadness about not having SA’s national team at the World Cup.

She told Sunday World: “I am very disappointed that Bafana Bafana are not there. I feel sad because it feels like I will be supporting other supporters to support their nations.”

ROYAL AM SUPPORTER

When Mama Joy isn’t supporting her national team or representing Africa, the soccer lover is backing the local premier league Royal AM, owned by Shauwn Mkhize aka MaMkhize.

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But it wasn’t always this way. Once a diehard Orlando Pirates, Mama Joy left behind the premier league team in support of MaMkhize’s Royal AM.

Speaking to Newzroom Afrika last year, she said: “As hard as it is, I am leaving Orlando Pirates. I want to support MaMkhize as a woman in football. And I want to support Royal AM.

“I realised that she loves soccer and had her ambitions set on playing in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) when she acquired the status of Bloemfontein Celtic and that kind of passion and purpose really clinched it for me”.

Today, Mama Joy travels first-class in style alongside MaMkhize and her crew to all Royal AM matches. She also dons a custom regal outfit adorned in Royal AM’s colours- black and gold.

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