CAF Honors South African Superfan Mama Joy. She began her spectator career more than 30 years ago as South Africa’s most famous and diehard sports fan. Mama Joy is now known globally as a prominent superfan.
She never misses the national team matches, no matter where in the world the games take place. Mama Joy makes it a point to rock flamboyant attire while representing the national or local South African teams at various sporting events with fierce dedication. A couple of months back, she watched the Springboks go on an historic run to win the Rugby World Cup.
Mama Joy has been spotted supporting the national team in an impressive number of three World Cups in less than a year. She attended the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and the most recent 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
Just like sports stars, Mama Joy also gets recognized for her hard work. A few months back, she was crowned the face of the Braai Army, which is South Africa’s largest sports supporter group in the world, while in France. Mama Joy was also awarded Sports Fan of the Year at the 2023 Momentum GSports Awards.
She was also chosen by FIFA as one of the fan ambassadors at the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar to represent Africa. Mama Joy beat many other global candidates for the role.
Mama Joy is now having the time of her life at the Africa Cup of Nations held in Côte d’Ivoire. She is there to rally behind Bafana Baan, which is doing great. Last evening the national football team beat Morocco 2-0, in a very competitive match. The team has now qualified for the AFCON quarter finals. Attending the match, Mama Joy looked all sorts of colorful, showing the world what South Africa is made of. She was announced as the Fan of the Match by CAF.
“That’s how you dress up as a football fan!
Our @orange fan of the match of the final round of 16 game.“