Colly good show: Meet Chiefs' chief fan
His sideline show is as entertaining as the aoccer, and he does it all for the love of the game
Kaizer Chiefs’ madcap supporter “Colly”, who entertains crowds and TV audiences with his hilarious full-kit warmup routines, is a police sergeant.
The more colourful SA football supporters – those who bring dictionaries to matches and read from them as if they were bibles, or the famous Bloemfontein Celtic fan Botha Msila and his trademark shower cap, who is at almost every game – can provide almost as much entertainment off the field as on it.Now add Colraine “Colly” Moatshe. The Amakhosi supporter comes to games in full kit and entertains crowds with his warmups up and down the aisles.
Approached by Times Select at half time of Chiefs’ 1-0 Absa Premiership win against Cape Town City at FNB Stadium on Saturday night, Moatshe could hardly walk 10 metres without having to stop to appease fellow supporters wanting their picture snapped with him.
So the fan has fans.“I don’t take it as being famous,” he said bashfully. “I take it as entertaining supporters and at the same time keeping my team going.”
When Moatshe is not delighting his fellow fans, he is out busting criminals as a policeman.
Originally from Rustenburg, and a truck driver until 2002, now Moatshe lives in Norwood, Johannesburg and is a sergeant at the Linden SA Police Service station.
“I’m on the beat, not a desk job,” he grinned. “I always wanted to be a policeman. I enjoy serving people.
“Being a policeman comes with a lot of challenges. If Chiefs are playing, I come to the stadium just to come and relax.
“My wife and kids also support Chiefs. I bought my kids Chiefs jerseys from before they could even see. When they opened their eyes, a Chiefs jersey was the first thing they saw.“They do all come to the stadium with me sometimes. When they do I don’t do my routine – I just sit still and watch. My kids are still small.”
Moatshe (41) began his routine at a Chiefs-Platinum Stars 0-0 draw at FNB Stadium in October 2010.“I’ve been in the spotlight since 2010, just after the World Cup, but it wasn’t related to the World Cup,” he said.“My routine started when one of the Kaizer Chiefs players got injured.
“I stood up as if I wanted to substitute him. I started doing some warmups and I saw that the supporters liked it. They started cheering: ‘Colly, Colly, Colly’, because of the name on my jersey’.”
Moatshe has supported Chiefs from when he was a toddler.
“When I was small, my uncle in Rustenburg showed me a picture at his house of the Teenage Dladlas, Ace Ntsoelengoes and Bala’cs.“I was staring at the picture, and I liked it. And he said to me, ‘From now on this is your team’.
“I started going to matches at Odi Stadium. My first ever game was Chiefs versus Mamelodi Sundowns there.
“Chiefs, under Jeff Butler, won and Gardner Seale scored the winning goal.”
“Colly” knows his warmups bring smiles to Chiefs supporters’ faces, especially when the team are struggling.He often starts his routine during lulls in games – as any respectable substitute would. This will result in cheers and a lifting of the crowd, which can even have an effect on the players on the field.“When I go up and down, and see how much the fans like it, it keeps me going up and down,” he said.
“Because I think I’m also at the same time motivating the players.”
Does Colly have a special fitness regime to keep in shape for his routine?
“Not really,” he laughed. “I’m just doing it for the love of the game.”