Sundowns refute our report

Mamelod Sundowns board member Peter Manda says the anonymous sources quoted in Sowetan on October 17 made false and misleading statements concerning the events that took place on Wednesday at the PSL board of governors meeting.

Mamelod Sundowns board member Peter Manda says the anonymous sources quoted in Sowetan on October 17 made false and misleading statements concerning the events that took place on Wednesday at the PSL board of governors meeting.

According to the club's website, the following is what actually happened at the meeting:

l The president of Mamelodi Sundowns, Patrice Motsepe referred the board of governors to a prior meeting between himself, Irvin Khoza and Kaizer Motaung.

The purpose of the meeting was to continue with their exploratory commercial discussions, and to explore common positions on issues which were in the interests of football.

Everybody agreed that Motsepe would inform the board of governors of the issues that were discussed at the meeting.

l At the board of governors meeting, Motsepe said he was impressed by Khoza's statement that "he was not perfect" and encouraged every member to engage Khoza on issues where they may have different views.

l Motsepe further stated that he was not interested in any position in the board of governors, and that his views were his own and members were free to agree or disagree with his opinions.

l Motsepe said it would send a good message of unity and confidence in the leadership of football in South Africa, particularly in the light of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, if Khoza was to be nominated unopposed as chairman of the PSL.

l He further suggested that for the rest of the Exco positions, members should vote for whomsoever they wanted to.

l Motsepe also made an appeal that Motaung, Jomo Sono, Khoza and others be honoured and recognised for their contribution to South African football.

"It is unfortunate that the sincere and honest intentions of Motsepe to find common positions and views among club owners on issues which are in the interest of South African football have been deliberately misrepresented.

"It is that time of the year when elections are taking place and a lot of things will be said which are simply not true.

"We have been approached as part of the lobbying that's going on and while lobbying is proper and democratic; it seems to make sense to seek common positions on issues which build and develop football.

"Motsepe also said that as club owners and participants in football we need each other. He also said that all of us must build trust and loyalty. None of us is more important or above others," added the Sundowns website.

l Sowetan stands by its story as it came from impeccable sources. We also tried to get comment from Motsepe, but to no avail.

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