Tuesday Apr 21, 2020. 12:00
The prospect of Mamelodi Sundowns playing home games in the suburb they originated from warms the heart of manager Pitso Mosimane.
The Brazilians have used either Loftus Versfeld or the Lucas Moripe Stadium as their home grounds for many years now, but there is hope that the HM Pitje Stadium in Mamelodi will be refurbished and allow the club to go back to its roots.
Mosimane used to play for ‘Downs at the stadium and is excited by the idea of the club playing at an intimate and possibly intimidating venue in their spiritual home.
“We would love to play in Mamelodi‚ it will be a slaughterhouse,” Mosimane told Times Live.
“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 are aiming to refurbish the venue, though progress has been slow and will likely be further affected by the current coronavirus crisis.
“Yes‚ the department is working hard to ensure sporting facilities are upgraded and made available to communities,” said department spokesperson Nomazwe Ntlokwana.
“However‚ the current situation facing our country’s progress with regards to implementation will be affected.
“The department of infrastructure development is the agent for all infrastructure projects within the Gauteng provincial government and the department of sport will be guided by them.”