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Motsep: HM Pitje will always be part of our plans

Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe is keen to help with the refurbishment of the HM Pitje Stadium with assistance from the government.

The former home of the Brazilians has been abandoned for a number of years after initially being earmarked for redevelopment for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The venue is currently in a state of disrepair with massive investment needed for it to become a safe and suitable venue once again.

As reported by Times Live, the Sundowns president said: "We would use some of our own money if the government comes on board – we will do something there.

"The first games when I took over went to HM Pitje Stadium but I was told that it is not safe‚ and the minute you tell me that a stadium is not safe I become paranoid. I don't want 80 or 90 percent assurance‚ I want 100 percent assurance.

"HM Pitje will always be part of our plans in the long term. If there are things that can be done there‚ we will take some of our games there. Of course there are some big games that cannot play at HM Pitje but we have a unique obligation to HM Pitje.”

He added: "I said the club must go back to Mamelodi Sundowns because we should be proud and strengthen our relationship with Mamelodi‚ Tshwane‚ Gauteng and the rest of SA. I actually wanted to take Sundowns out of Chloorkop and put it in Pretoria and have strong infrastructure in Pretoria.

"We will continue to have projects in Pretoria and exciting things in Mamelodi and the whole of Gauteng. We are building infrastructure at Chloorkop which is focused on the academy because we have to think about Sundowns for the next six to seven years."