A day after Hungry Lions win in Gauteng, the public relations team posted a video on social media in which the squad is shown celebrating their coach’s birthday with a cake, candles and song.
HUNGRY Lions, the Northern Cape debutants in the National First Division’s Glad Africa league gave their coach Henry Basie the perfect birthday gift when the team clinched a convincing 2-1 win over Pretoria Callies on Saturday just a day before the coach’s birthday.
A day after the Pretoria Callies match, the Hungry Lions public relations team posted a video on social media in which the squad is shown celebrating their coach’s birthday with a cake, candles and song.
The club members among the singing entourage in the video loudly asked Basie his age to which he replied, “I really don’t know”.
Hungry Lions, affectionately dubbed “DiaRora” (trans-roar), made the most of this, their second match in the National First Division whey clobbered the winless and bottom hugging Pretoria Callies at the Lucas Moripe stadium, walking away with a full house of three match points.
Hungry Lions striker Pitso Tlotlego provided both goals in the second half netting in the 53rd and 59th minute, after the team had gone into the break one goal down.
Being one goal down at the break was not a good sign, especially since a fortnight ago the team had settled for a goalless draw seeing as they seemed to be not at all confident during their first match in the elite league.
They displayed all the nerves that come with being in unfamiliar terrain. It was probably no surprise as the Northern Cape side settled for that goalless game against Durban’s Uthongathi at the Sivos stadium in Kathu..
Saturday’s win in Pretoria means Hungry Lions climb up to third spot on the rankings with one draw and a win. Platinum City leads the Glad Africa pack with six points from two wins.
The Hungry Lions mentor, a construction entrepreneur in Postmasburg, is a practising Christian who abstains from, among others, doing work on Sundays, is also the heir to his uncle from whom he inherited the club.
Basie, who doubles as the team manager, came in for praise from the club’s followers following their first win, a come-from-behind victory in Gauteng.