Cape Town - Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has hailed the late Dr Petrus Molemela for 'protecting the most loved property of our people' - football.
The iconic former Bloemfontein Celtic owner passed away on Sunday at the age of 83.
Tributes have been pouring in from all over for the much-loved Molemela, who was also known as 'Ntate' and 'Whitehead'.
Khoza has praised the legacy Molemela created, especially the work he did in football during the Apartheid era.
"I'm happy that the government of the Free State has seen it fit to honour him by naming the formerly Seisa Ramabodu Stadium - Petrus Molemela Stadium," Khoza was quoted saying on the SABC website.
"But we in football are also glad that (Molemela was one of the) people who were selfless to make sure that he invests in football for the sake of protecting the most loved property of our people in difficult times when Apartheid made it difficult for us to play."