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Club President Explains Importance Of Barcelona To Mzansi

Mamelodi Sundowns President Patrice Motsepe Explains Importance Of Barcelona Visit To South Africa

By Ryan Gordon - May 10, 2018 07:57 PM
Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe believes the visit of Barcelona and players such as Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta to South Africa can inspire an entire generation of aspiring footballers.
 
 
The Spanish juggernauts will square off against the Absa Premiership champions in a club friendly at FNB Stadium next week Wednesday as part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations.
 
Motsepe believes the encounter transcends football, with South Africa's youth able to witness first-hand what is achievable in the game, and in life, when hard work and determination are employed.
 
 
With Barca superstars Messi, Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Philippe Coutinho just some of those set to grace the field in Johannesburg next week, Motsepe feels it can be life-changing for young South Africans to see these juggernauts of the game perform in person.
 
“This game is important for South African football,” Motsepe is quoted as saying on Sundowns. “We are humbled as Mamelodi Sundowns to play our part in a match that’s also part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations.
 
 
"But this is mainly for the youth. I know how big this is for the youth. I remember when I was a young follower of football and I went to the Orlando Stadium and watched all the great players.
 
"They inspired me. Some of them are alive today and they don’t know it was such an honour for me to just touch them. There are many young footballers who we know that watching Messi and Iniesta will inspire them to realise their dreams, whatever dreams those might be.”
 

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fisto vs zebraditor Joined: 18 Oct 2016
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fisto vs zebraditor May 11, 2018 01:17 PM
@ambitiouskhido keep your support to hell we don't need it whether you like it or not yellow nation will fill fnb alone
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Khaya Shozi May 11, 2018 10:25 AM
@NHLANHLA1...That's not your problem, you're problem is you jealous of this game besides its not like downs will not play CCL just relax maybe 1 day chips will face Villarreal.
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Khaya Shozi May 11, 2018 10:22 AM
@mosarajevo...Even if Motsepe gives a raise to those miners it will never be enough' Motsepe is using his moola not anyone moola and is marketing Sundowns to the whole world' so if it pains you go and report to the nearest SAPS or whatever institute that deals with missed used money since you complaining about Motsepe's money.
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ambitiouskhido Joined: 23 Jun 2014
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ambitiouskhido May 11, 2018 10:20 AM
Motsepe must just say he needs our support in order to fill the stadium
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NHLANHLA1 May 11, 2018 09:34 AM
How can you postpone an official CAF game for a friendly? That is why FIFA don't take us serious
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Deftman05 May 11, 2018 09:27 AM
Umona usuka esweni
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mosarajevo May 11, 2018 09:25 AM
i still feel disgusted and appalled by the huge amount Motsepe paid for this encountered given RSA current economic challenges....clearly these rich "black" motetes dont give an A$$ about uplifting out black people.....miney coulve been used to better the life and salaries of you miners...
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Schakos May 11, 2018 09:02 AM
Looking forward to the game
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setlaboswana May 11, 2018 08:07 AM
@Bucsfever16, it will indeed, I have no doubt at all.
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Gandanga May 11, 2018 07:38 AM
I am only worried about the negative comments by some Rats and Chiefs fans who are running naked on social media making stupid comments about this game. The game is a simple friendly game and I wonder why some people are just jealous. Sundowns is a big team in South Africa and Barca is a big team in Spain so we are bound to watch a classic friendly.# El Classico South Africa Spanishia.
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Bucsfever16 May 11, 2018 07:31 AM
@setlaboswana : I consent mate as I've had already given the game a green light hopefully both sets of superstars will ensure that such high profile game live up to expectations.
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setlaboswana May 11, 2018 07:00 AM
@LeCowhlohlo. Are you not confusing Kekana with Katsande?
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Jsy no 10 May 11, 2018 05:20 AM
Really
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LeCowhlohlo May 11, 2018 03:51 AM
Cowkekana must reduce his foot on my troops maan qha ke. Remember they are all world cup candidates. The rest I careless.
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setlaboswana May 11, 2018 03:16 AM
@Bucsfever16, I known you refused to trust President Motsepe on bringing Barcelona 's fully fledged squad. I never doubt President Motsepe 's commitment to football. I am happy you have changed your mind about who will form part of Barca 's travelling Team. As for their players not committing themselves, I can guarantee you they are going to give Might Downs more than what they bargained for. We talk of Top Notch Professionals here, Complete World Class Performers.
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khashizi May 11, 2018 12:27 AM
Chiefs can't even bring in chicken inn for pre season friendly
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Fakugezi May 11, 2018 12:04 AM
I thank Motsipe for bring Barcelona in sa,I think u lift South African football all over the world i salute Mr Mutsipe
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Bucsfever16 May 10, 2018 11:26 PM
I'm one of those who doubted that Barcelona would bring their full strength team to face Sundowns but after reading this article and few other soccer publications I admit now that I'm convinced that Barca that Barca will bring their A team here in Mzansi but still I doubt if Barca's best players will perform to their full potential considering that the World cup is just around the corner,one would feel they won't risk their chances of playing in the World cup by getting injuries in a friend game but well done to Sundowns anyway for bringing the one of the world's football heavyweights on board,Looking forward to the game on Wednesday and goodluck to Downs as they will not be playing for themselves but they'll be indeed representing the whole of South Africa.
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dellah May 10, 2018 10:25 PM
The whole world can't wait for this game
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Mayaya12 May 10, 2018 10:19 PM
HOLIGONS FC would be Sundowns will play aginst C Team of Barcelona now its Confirmed superstars are coming they say Sundowns will loose 20-0 hahahasheim Poor Haters Sundowns is far better than ur teams just hating Motsepe is making Sundons to be one of the biggest team in Africa n in the World

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