Absa Premiership

Mosimane welcomes Mamelodi return

2020-04-21 07:50
Pitso Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he would love to play at a refurbished HM Pitje Stadium.

The Brazilians' former home ground is in a poor state after plans to restore the venue failed to materialise.

Mosimane's side departed the venue prior to the 2010 World Cup and have since utilised Loftus Versfeld and the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Sundowns recently revealed their plans to move to a smaller venue, with Mosimane happily recalling his time playing at the stadium as a young man.

Mosimane told TimesLive: "We would love to play in Mamelodi‚ it will be a slaughterhouse.

"Imagine if we had a venue of about 15 000 closer to the fans in Mamelodi‚ similar to what TP Mazembe has in Lubumbashi.

"I used to play at HM Pitje as a Sundowns player many years ago and it was always full.

"You must remember that the population of Mamelodi over time has probably tripled."

Gauteng's sport and recreation department spokesperson Nomazwe Ntlokwana, meanwhile, explained that while her department are committed to the project, they are yet to secure funding.

In reality the development is also set to be delayed as a result of impact of the coronavirus in South Africa.

Ntlokwana said: "The department of sports and recreation is working together with the department of infrastructure development and we are committed to the first phase‚ which is demolition.

"Beyond that the department is working towards identifying potential private sector funders for rebuilding the stadium.

"However‚ the current situation facing our country's progress with regards to implementation will be affected."

- TEAMtalk media

 

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