Lerato Maimela
Digital Journalist
2 minute read
30 Nov 2021
11:15 am

‘This means more’: Siya Kolisi sends a shoutout to his three-year-old fan

Lerato Maimela

During the mini photoshoot, the mini Siya Kolisi even reenacted the moment during the RWC final when the Springbok captain lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy.

The Springbok rugby team during the 2019 RWC final. Picture: Instagram

The captain of the South African rugby team, Siyamthanda “Siya” Kolisi recently learned of his youngest fan, who celebrated his third birthday over the weekend with an adorable birthday theme that pays tribute to the iconic rugby player.

Taking to social media over the weekend, Joseph Mpyana posted a series of pictures from his son’s third birthday party, which had a Halloween theme, and in the spirit of costume parties, his son dressed up as Kolisi on the day of the 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) final.

Amani was wearing a full Springbok rugby kit, arm bands and well as a headband, and even had a beard drawn on his face which resembled Siya’s beard.

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During the mini photoshoot that the mini Siya Kolisi had on his birthday, he even reenacted the moment during the RWC final when the Springbok captain lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy.

“He’s been watching all the Halloween shows and singing all the songs over the last few weeks so we decided to have a Halloween-themed birthday party. He dressed up as Siya Kolisi on the day of the RWC final and even got to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy,” said Joseph.

Siya Kolisi
Siya Kolisi’s youngest fan lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy. Picture: Instagram

Joseph also mentioned how the day took an unfortunate turn, when Amani got injured while riding his bike and had to be rushed to the doctor. However, he healed quickly and was ready to enjoy the second half of his birthday party.

“The day took a turn when we had to rush him to @dr.thinus.van.niekerk. Amani came second best against the concrete floor, crashing face first off his bike. He took a knock on his front teeth chipping the one and busting his lip open.

“Good thing he was wearing his @bokrugby jersey cause that meant there was no way he was going to stay down.

“As soon as we were done with the visit to the [doctor] he was ready for the second half of his party,” said Mpyana.

Kolisi found the Instagram post shared by Joseph and left a comment under the post saying how much he loved his little fan’s outfit and themed party.

Soon after, Siya also posted the series of pictures from the birthday party, and said in his caption that “this means more”.