Matthew von Meyer, a die-hard fan of Johannesburg-based football club Kaizer Chiefs emerged the biggest winner despite his favourite team losing to Cape Town-based football club Cape Town City on Wednesday.
Von Meyer’s victory was sealed when he openly proposed to his longtime girlfriend Natasha Malgas at halftime during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Cape Town City and Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium.
Fans of both clubs were wowed when the courageous young man went on one knee and popped the question to Malgas, who was also at the stadium for the match.
Von Meyer had written to Cape Town City, requesting them to allow him to propose his girlfriend who he has been in a relationship with for eight years at halftime.
After he received a nod from the football club, he went on to inform Malgas’ parents, ahead of the breathtaking task.
At halftime, Malgas was called to the pitch by KFM DJ Ryan O’Connor; who anchored the show-stopping performance, under the guise that she had won a prize.
As planned, after she came out, Matthew Von Meyer who was already waiting with the ring ditched the nervousness that comes with the ‘assignment’ and hit the nail on the hail.
His plans got cemented when an apparently nervous and surprised Malgas accepted the proposal, to the delight of the mammoth crowd.
Speaking afterward, Von Meyer said: “I started planning this early this year. I spoke to her parents first and got their blessings. They told me I should be careful that she doesn’t faint.
There were a couple of our friends there. I invited some of her friends so that they will be there to celebrate with us. I wanted to make this moment special. At first there was silence in the car when it was just the two of us. She then asked me how I did it and why. It was difficult to watch the second half; after she said yes but we did. Chiefs might have lost but I won.”
In response to the amazing surprise, Malgas said she was overwhelmed and speechless when Von Meyer went on one knee.
“Even now it hasn’t sunk in. I have always been a sports fan; I still don’t know how he kept this from me. I am such a planner that I have to know what’s happening when and where. Every girl dreams of a fairy-tale proposal that she will never forget. But in most cases, it remains a dream. He made that a reality for me.”
He added that he chose to propose to Malgas at the stadium because they love Chiefs and are football fanatics. He said they attend all the games in Cape Town and some around South Africa whenever they are chanced.
Matthew von Meyer and Malgas reportedly met at the University of the Western Cape.