Safe Hub pitch to be expanded

The big guns of football... Safa Joburg Region vice president Jimmy Bakos, Safa president Dr Danny Jordaan and Alex Northrand LFA president Maisha Molepo at the opening of the Alex Safe Hub soccer pitch late last year. Photo: Sipho Siso


Sports retailer, Totalsports has agreed to fund the R1.6 million expansion of the Alex Safe Hub soccer pitch.

The size of the field had irked officials of the Alexandra Northrand Local Football Association when it was completed late last year.

A war of words had erupted between the association and its mother body, the South African Football Association (Safa) over the size of the pitch. The soccer field was built on the site that used to be the iconic Ground One Stadium on 3rd Avenue.

During the opening ceremony in November last year, Safa agreed to expand the pitch at a later date after it had held discussions with the project funders, Totalsports. It would appear that an agreement has been hammered out after chairperson of the association, Maisha Molepo announced that the work would go ahead.

This will be over and above the initial R8.5 million spent on the transformation of the stadium from a dust bowl to a modern pitch with artificial turf. Administrative buildings, ablution blocks and change rooms will be constructed later by the Joburg Development Agency (JDA).

Molepo told Alex News that no date had been set for the commencement of the work.

“They [Totalsports] gave me an undertaking that it would take them a little over a month to finish the expansion work if started before the rainy season. The work to be undertaken by the JDA will take a little longer as it has to go through a tendering process,” Molepo said.

Ground One was one of the most iconic stadiums in Alex as it had seen the likes of Dr Irvin Khoza, Sylvester Ndaba, Miamane Phiri, the late Shakes Kungwane, Brian Baloyi and Obed Bapela, honing their football skills on the dusty pitch.

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Sipho Siso

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