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Football museum in the pipeline for Gauteng, says Makhura

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In an unprecedented twist, Gauteng could be the first province to roll out a first of its kind football museum situated in the FNB stadium precinct in Nasrec, That’s according to Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

Addressing a glitz and glamour soccer legends dinner that preceded the upcoming social cohesion games in Edenvale, Makhura told the packed guests that his administration was planning to do something that was never done before in the country by establishing a football gallery similarly to the one in Brazil.

The packed event was attended by soccer administrators, African soccer legends such as KalushaBwalya, Roger Fetumba and dozens of South African legends that included amongst them JomoSono, KaizerMotaung, Shakes Mashaba, George Best More, Lucas Masterpieces Moripe, EssopMoosa, HennieJoubert and many more.

According to Makhura, the museum will be in honor of the greatest footballers of high pedigree this country has ever produced in the past especially those that played during the darkest hour of the country.

“My dream is to see a football museum where one can go and see at any given time how South African football has developed to date and so that their story can be told.

“The secret agenda for now is to celebrate you, honor you and lift your name. I will follow up with the sports department on how can we be self respecting when our footballers are homeless.

“Your contribution in football has not been recognized. We want to find ways of memorializing your input and echo it in the minds of the upcoming new generation.”

The Premier also stressed that this event was going to be an annual event.

Back to social cohesion games, Makhura reiterated that these  games are meant to red-card racism, xenophobia and sexism.

“Social cohesion is not something we do for fun. We are bound to do it,” he said.

See Below the list of honoured soccer legends

  • KalushaBwalya
  • Martin Cohen
  • Desiree Ellis
  • Roger Feutumba
  • Barney Gaffney
  • Ralf ‘Butch’ Hendrickse
  • Fran Hilton-Smith
  • HennieJoubert
  • Vincent Julius
  • Irvin Khoza
  • Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba
  • Portia Modise
  • Essop ‘Smiley’ Moosa
  • George Best More
  • Lucas ‘Masterpieces’ Moripe
  • KaizerMotaung
  • Sylvester Ndaba
  • GoonaPadayachee
  • Ronnie Schloss
  • Ingle Singh
  • JomoSono
  • Gareth ‘Chom’ van der Haar

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