What about foot­ball he­roes from out­side Joburg?

CityPress - - Sport - Prince Baloyi via email

It is with re­gret that I note your bias re­gard­ing the names of foot­ball he­roes you men­tioned in your col­umn Press­ing Is­sues (City Press, July 16 2017).

It seems that , ac­cord­ing to you, he­roes in our lovely coun­try only orig­i­nate from Johannesburg.

There are liv­ing leg­ends from Pre­to­ria, such as Lu­cas “Mas­ter­pieces” Moripe, Jan “Malombo” Lech­aba and Conti Kekana, as well as the late Steve “Kala­ma­zoo” Mokone, who are hardly men­tioned in your ar­ti­cles.

All those soc­cer greats you men­tioned don’t even come close to Mas­ter­pieces Moripe, who is seen as the god of foot­ball.

It’s un­for­tu­nate that such bias is well en­trenched in writ­ers of your cal­i­bre.

I may be ac­cused of be­ing bi­ased my­self as I orig­i­nate from Pre­to­ria, but the truth should be told in terms of your ap­proach.

Let’s give fair and bal­anced re­port­ing when it comes to our foot­ball he­roes.

When we en­gage in ar­gu­ments with col­leagues about the he­roes of yes­ter­year, what we agree on is that he­roes from Pre­to­ria re­ceive less cov­er­age and recog­ni­tion.

It’s for­tu­nate that those soc­cer greats can’t be wished away – they played their part to be given sound recog­ni­tion.

Kindly name a player who has so far orig­i­nated from Johannesburg and is bet­ter than Moripe.

Hop­ing for a re­sponse with cred­i­ble play­ers of note.

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