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Surprise party for Super Dad

Bafana Bafana's number 1 fan, Mr Saddam "Soccer Slave" Maake, celebrated his 52nd birthday in style at his house in Hospital View, Tembisa.

Mr Maake was about to take a plane to Cape Town, but was asked by his children to delay the trip as they had organised a surprise birthday party for him.

Speaking before the function started, Mr Maake, who is also known as “Vuvuzela” by thousands of soccer fans around the country, said he was surprised when he heard about the party.

“I had already packed my backs to go to Cape Town when my children broke the news to me. I had to ask both SAFA and the government to book me on another flight in order to be able to attend the party,” he said.

When asked what was he going to do in Cape Town, he said as the South African Soccer Fan’s ambassador, he was going to kick off the campaign to promote Chan games that will be held in South Africa in January next year.

“I will be in Khayelitsha tomorrow, then I will fly to Bloemfontein before heading to Limpopo over the weekend. I am also calling on Tembisans to support Bafana Bafana during the games,” he said.

Mr Maake has 15 children.

His eldest daughter, Ms Thembisile Maake, said the reason for organising the birthday party for her dad was to thank him for the way he had raised his children.

“Our father has 15 children, but he raised us with care and love. He always encouraged us to love and care for each other. To be honest, there is no father like him,” she said.

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