Cape Town - The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has honoured South African soccer legends Irvin Khoza, Kaizer Motaung and Jomo Sono for their contribution to football.
The trio received their honourary accolade in Sandton, Johannesburg as they opened the markets at the JSE on Wednesday.
Motaung is famously known for plying his trade in the USA for Atlanta Chiefs before he returned to South Africa and opened up his own football club - known today as Kaizer Chiefs.
Sono followed in the footsteps of Motaung and travelled to America and donned the colours New York Cosmos before purchasing his own club, Highlands Park, in South Africa and renaming it Jomo Cosmos.
Khoza has been the owner and chairman of Orlando Pirates since 1991 but has been a part of the club since 1980. The Iron Duke, as he is famously known, has previously been the Chairman of the South African Premier Soccer League as well Vice-President of the South African Football Association.
"I would like to thank the JSE Board for the honour and recognition bestowed on us today,” said Motaung as quoted by Kaizer Chiefs’ official Twitter account.
"Growing up in Soweto, I knew there would be a journey to undertake. My first job was at the Stock Exchange.
"Football has a positive contribution on the economy of the country.
"I would like to thank my football colleagues and also congratulate them for their contribution. I would like to wish Dr Irvin Khoza a happy birthday for today and thank him for his contribution"
Meanwhile, the Chiefs chairman also took time to remind everyone of the Soweto derby which is set to take place this weekend with a light jab targeted at their fiercest rivals.
"In the upcoming Soweto Derby, we would like to do what Jomo did to Pirates,” said Motaung.
Kick-off is at 15:30 on Saturday, January 30.