VACCINATED, dressed up and ready to watch a live football match or two!

Saddam Maake told Daily Sun as the number one Kaizer Chiefs fan, he must lead by example.

Saddam vaccinated at the It Is in your Hands Campaign launched by the Department of Sport at FNB Stadium on 8 September.

Saddam is no stranger to vaccination.

“I have travelled to 17 countries since 1992 and wherever I go, I vaccinate.

“The last time was in 2019 when I went to Egypt during the Afcon,” he said.

Saddam, who took the Johnson & Johnson jab last week, said he could have taken his jab long ago.

“The stadium was the chosen place for me,” he said.

“I was told I will be crazy and that my hand will be dry after vaccination. But I’m fine with no side effects,” said Saddam.

He said he’s attended 170 out of 174 derby games, 100 league games and 74 cups.

“I only missed four derbies due to Covid-19. It is high time we give live games the green light,” said Saddam.

“I want to watch Bafana Bafana versus Ethiopia on 10 October in the stadium.”

Saddam said the return of fans in the stadium was in the hands of the fans.

“Vaccination is our passport. Let us vaccinate in order to be back at the stadiums,” said Saddam, who was supported by Community Constituency Front representative Mabalane Mfundisi.

Mabalane said sport has the power to change the world and make it a better place.

“Men are the toughest customers we have to convince to take the vaccine. They have story after story.

“However, we must listen to their stories so that we can help them walk through that story.

“This way, we will convert them to the champions we want,” he said.

Speakers at the stadium included Deputy President David Mabuza, Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla, and a number of civil society representatives.