Ex-Mamelodi Sundowns star still loved by fans

Surprise Moriri tells our source that, despite joining Highlands Park last season, he still gets plenty of love and support from Mamelodi Sundowns supporters and PSL fans across the country.

Moriri spent more than a decade with the Brazilians before departing in 2016, with his next move being to the Lions of the North, who he was unable to help avoid relegation at the end of the 2016/17 PSL season.

The playmaker is still unsure whether he will be handed a new deal with Highlands ahead of their return to the National First Division, but is due to find out next week.

However, he says regardless of his footballing situation, he continues to receive only love and respect from football fans across the country.

“We share a very special relationship because they [the fans] have been supporting me since the first day I came to Sundowns and even now that I’m not there they are still supporting me and those are the people that I can count on them as they were very loyal,” Moriri tells our source.

“So, I appreciate the support that they gave me during my days at Sundowns and even now. I still love them and they have a special place in my heart because our relationship will forever continue.

“And to other supporters: I know also they’ve supported me whether Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates. They’ll say; ‘My brother, we don’t support Sundowns, but we love the way you play. We like the football you play and you always entertain us.’

“And for that they always make me realise that this football thing can bring people together, irrespective of their differences or what they like or who they support.

“The bottom line is that people go to the stadium to enjoy football, so for us, as players, it’s our responsibility to make sure that when we go into the pitch we forget about ourselves and we remember that there are people that are watching us and want to see the best, so we must make sure that the game is enjoyable.

“And even if their team loses, they want their team to lose with pride. Our supporters understand football and they appreciate if their teams lose after fighting so hard. They’ll tell you: ‘You guys did your best and we appreciate that. We lost the game, we now just have to go and regroup.’”

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