Province has lofty goals

Richard Nkosi

Richard Nkosi

Jabu Mahlangu, Mpumalanga MEC for sports and recreation, said they are concerned about the absence of professional football in the province.

Speaking during his budget speech in Nelspruit yesterday, Mahlangu said: "We will support our clubs in both the Vodacom and Mvela Golden Leagues in terms of capacity building and on financial management and coaching."

The department has set aside R35 million for culture and sports in the province.

"More support strategies will be investigated and implemented to mount our endeavour of achieving a PSL team status soon," said Mahlangu.

Mpumalanga is one of the two provinces in the country, along with Northern Cape, who don't have a team in the elite league.

Mahlangu further said with the 2010 Fifa World Cup approaching, the people of the province need to be exposed to various big sports events so they will be ready for the soccer showpiece.

"I would like to take this opportunity and announce that the Under-20 Cosafa Games will be held in this province.

"These games will further open a platform for the province to promote and support social cohesion," he said.