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City of Tshwane open to Sundowns talks

City of Tshwane administrator Mpho Nawa says he is open to talks with Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe over the redevelopment of HM Pitje Stadium.

Motsepe revealed last week that he would help fund the project, in collaboration with government assistance as he vowed to return to the club's former home.

The stadium has been out of use for at least 15 years despite numerous plans to rebuild, initially as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Project.

Nawa told Times Live: "We will follow up with him [Motsepe] to find out what is his thinking on this matter and at the same time share our thinking so that we can rethink how we could work together going forward.

"I will activate that we call him so that we have a discussion sometime this week depending on his availability.

"We want to say to him that‚ 'we have heard you and can we talk about this'.

"Gauteng government recently said plans are underway to refurbish the stadium and I will also have to get them involved so that we work together on this matter."

He added: "Our interest in this case will be to benefit local people. This move must help to elevate local businesses‚ build social cohesion and to help supporters of Sundowns and other teams by not travelling too far to football.

"I think it will be a move that will be beneficial for the club and the City."