Leeds United mega fan goes viral for traveling almost 10,000 miles from South Africa to see the team for the first time

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Austin Pillay, 34, has followed Leeds United for as long as he can remember – his father also being a huge fan of the club.

However, Austin – who has watched hundreds of Leeds United games on TV – has never been able to travel to England until now.

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Austin Pillay, 34, has followed Leeds United for as long as he can remember – his father also being a huge fan of the club.

He decided to save up and take the trip of a lifetime of around 9,300 miles from his home in Pietermaritzburg, which is in Kwa Zulu-Natal province.

Austin hopes to see the team against Manchester City at Elland Road and possibly the game against Chelsea as well.

His journey is being followed by thousands of other Leeds United supporters on Twitter who wished him well.

Austin, speaking to YEP, said the trip “truly is a dream come true”.

He explained: “My dad is a Leeds fan and I’ve been a Leeds fan all my life.

“I can’t even really explain how excited I am, I’ve been waiting for this since I was 10, this will be the trip of a lifetime.”

Austin flies on Friday and is due to land in London on Saturday.

“I managed to do it after many years of dreaming and working,” he added.

“It’s finally happening.”

Austin said the long journey was “totally worth it”.

He said Leeds United fans have accepted him as one of their own.

“This will be my very first trip to England,” added Austin.

“They’ve accepted me as one of their own, they’re sharing the excitement with me, I’m absolutely thrilled.”

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