Mosimane ‘humbled’ to have sports court named after him

Following an eventful day at the Lofentse Girls High School in Orlando East, Soweto, where the Pitso Mosimane Multi-Purpose Sports Court was officially handed over, Mosimane said he is humbled to have the facility named after him.

Nedbank alongside the reigning champions of the 2022/23 Nedbank Cup Orlando Pirates, hosted the official handover of the sports court on Tuesday.

Moments after a ribbon was cut and the sports court was officially handed over to the girls’ school chosen by Pirates, Mosimane reminisced of his playing days in Soweto, saying the occasion reminded him of his playing days as a Pirates player.

“I am proud [of this facility being named after me] because this is happening in a place where I made my football debut [in Orlando],” Mosimane told the media.

“I am happy this is happening in Orlando East because I have a lot of history [here]. My uncles used to play in Orlando Stadium and I have also played for Pirates, you must never forget that – that’s the team that gave me an opportunity to go overseas.

“We are humbled by Nedbank and the sports trust for giving us this and also Orlando Pirates for winning the trophy, that’s why we are here today.”

In attendance was Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa, Gauteng education MEC Matome Chiloane, Gauteng department of sport, arts, culture and recreation MEC Morakane Mosupyoe, and Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi.

Nedbank group managing executive Khensani Nobanda confirmed that the facility cost R2-million to build.

“The actual sports court costs R2-million and it has a warranty of about 20 years,” Nobanda said.

“So, if the community and the schools really look after them [sports facilities], this can be a legacy building for generations to come.

“What we have also done as Nedbank is that next to the multi-purpose sports court, the school had a small field that was starting to not look great, we have actually committed to upgrade that one, both from a field perspective and field around it.”


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