Steven Chauke was the very first Woza Nazo Kick For A Million competition winner. Photo: @OfficialPSL via Twitter

Steven Chauke, the Kick For A Million winner, is grateful that the he grabbed the opportunity to participate in the Absa Premiership Woza Nazo’s campaign with both hands.

It’s been five months since Chauke bagged a million rand courtesy of Absa after scoring all penalty shoot-outs in the Woza Nazo national finals at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium during halftime in a clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic.

However, that happened after winning the provincials at Bidvest Stadium in an encounter between Bidvest Wits and Amazulu last season, which happened to be the first game he had attended.

“I am really grateful to Absa, because since I’ve won this money, my life has changed for the better,” Chauke tells Independent Media.

“Before winning, I didn’t know where my life was heading to, but now there’s direction. At the moment, I am known nationally, and that’s all thanks to Absa.” 

When it comes to ensuring that he inspires others to try their luck, he always encourages most of his friends and family to attend as many matches as possible, especially those with the Woza Nazo initiative.

For instance, about six of his loved ones attended the Baroka and Polokwane City encounter, and some even took part in the competition.

“I always try to show people that it’s possible to win. I always back them to go to the stadiums,” Chauke said.

“Most of my friends from Limpopo were at the Baroka and Polokwane City match with the hope of winning the provincials.

“The funny thing about them, though, is that sometimes they’d attend an evening match with hope of being part of the campaign, so I always try to explain that this is a daylight initiative.”

The 40-year-old father of two kids, Cashier and Carol, admits that during his evening post-meetings with the banking giants Absa, there was a fall-out between him and his wife, Nomsa, who failed to understand most of these “evening talks”.

However, fast-forward to a few weeks later, Nomsa’s doubts were proved to be futile as Steven bought his first car, a Toyota Corolla in cash.

“At first, my wife didn’t understand why I had to be in and out of the house during the night,” he explained.

“She assumed that I was cheating, or worse, spending this money with other women. But now, she can see the results of those meetings because as we are both unemployed, but we can still survive and provide for our families.”

Born in Nsavuni village in Giyani, Chauke is currently renting a back-room in Tembisa as he awaits for the finalisation of the title deed of the apartment that he’s looking to buy in Soweto.

He says that he hopes to venture in the ‘apartment rental’ business while he’s still in search of a permanent job.

Now owning a car, movement has been easy for Chauke. As a result, Chauke and his wife will head to FNB Stadium for their first ever Soweto Derby experience this weekend.

He hopes his beloved Orlando Pirates team will produce a positive performance on the day against Kaizer Chiefs following a string of inconsistent results.