Jordaan lauds Motsepe for Barcelona coup
- Jomo Cosmos have an impeccable record in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) promotional play-offs, but Jomo Sono owner and the coach of the club - doesn’t want to pay to much attention to statistics.“It is not the same players. You can’t compare different eras. This is a different generation. History doesn’t play football,” Sono explained. Cosmos have always won the play-offs whenever they have been involved in the three-team mini-league tournament to decide which team from the two National First Division (NFD) sides that finished second and third and the Absa Premiership one that ended bottom last get to play in the elite league the next season.
South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has thanked Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe for making it possible to bring Barcelona to South Africa.
Jordaan, Motsepe and Antonio Barradas, LaLiga’s Africa Director, were all involved in negotiations to bring the Spanish champions to South Africa where they will play for the Mandela Centenary Cup. “We are glad that Barcelona are coming to our shores" said Jordaan as quoted by the official SAFA website.
"The soccer loving public will have an opportunity to watch the best talent in action, we are talking of Messi and Suarez of this world."
Jordaan lauded Motsepe’s shrewd businessman acumen saying he had witnessed for himself why the Sundowns owner was a winner through and through.
He also took time this week to thank CAF and other football stakeholders for accommodating this important clash between the two countries’ club champions. "We need to thank CAF for allowing Sundowns to postpone their CAF Champions League game against Horoya AC to enable the PSL champions to fulfill this important fixture in honour of Nelson Mandela," said Jordaan. "But most importantly, we need to thank Patrice Motsepe for his generous attitude and making this clash a reality. We as SAFA are proud of (Patrice) Motsepe and his Nation Building vision."
Jordaan, Motsepe and Barradas travelled to the Catalan capital where they also watched the El Classico on Sunday evening between Barcelona and Real Madrid which ended in a 2-2 draw before sealing the agreement for the titanic clash that will take place on Wednesday at FNB Stadium at 18:00. "This is one of the most memorable years in remembrance of our Father of the Nation," said Jordaan.
COMMITTED: Percy Tau.