History making South African Springboks winger Makazole Mapimpi proved to be the right tonic Mamelodi Sundowns needed to beat Maritzburg United and lift the Telkom Knockout trophy at Moses Mabhidha Stadium in Durban on Saturday evening.
Mapimpi was spotted in the Sundowns dressing room shortly before the controversial final where striker Mauricio Affonso scored a second half brace to cancel out Judas Mosaemedi strike that gave the Team of Choice a 1 nil lead going into the half-time break.
Mampimpi is an ambassador of German apparel manufacturer, Puma hence he could have come as part of the Puma initiative considering that Sundowns are also sponsored by Puma.
Makazole Mapimpi became the first South African to score a Rugby World Cup final try during the Springboks’ 32-12 final triumph over England eraly last month.
Mampimpi has been in the media spotlight since the Boks success in Japan with women falling over each other to attract the attention of the heartthrob.
One woman regretted not responding to a social media post sent 4 years and had social media in overdrive claiming that network problems had been a hindrance to her late response.
One other woman unashamedly threw a bra at the Springbok star during the Rugby World Cup open top bus victory parade in East London, Eastern Cape.
There was drama in stoppage time when Moseamedi found the back of the net with a diving header only for the goal to be controversially disallowed with initial replays proving to be inconclusive.
Sundowns held on to claim the Telkom Knockout title to add to their ever bulging trophy cabinet under the mentorship of Pitso Mosimane.
By Gerald Dandah