I am building the football village for my people –Mphahlele

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Baroka chairman Khurishi Mphahlele has shared his vision and plans for the under construction ‘football Village’ which the club started building last year.

Of late, Bakgaga have been showing off their training base on their social media platforms.

The Village, which is a first for a Limpopo club, is situated in Lebowakgomo (50 kilometres southeast of the Limpopo capital, Polokwane) where the club also operates its official business.

“My vision is to see this place in particular this area (Lebowakgomo) having something to be proud of, so I am doing this for my people, I am not doing it for myself,” Mphahlele tells FARPost.

“So I want the children of this municipality, Ga-Mphahlele and children of Limpopo having a decent ground to play football and to be able to compete with the rest of the world.

“When you grew up in a struggle you always find a way to survive, as you know we don’t have a strong municipality here so that prompted me to come with this project because we don’t have anywhere to run to. Maybe if our municipality was strong this vision would not have come because we would be relying on the municipality to provide this kind of service so the lack of service has pushed me to do what I am doing now,” he said.

Baroka are not only the first Limpopo club to win a trophy in the PSL era, but the project is also a first of its kind for a club in the topflight.

But Mphahlele says he is not competing with any of his neighbours.

“No, no, no! I am not competing with anybody, I am competing with myself. What I want to achieve has nothing to do with my colleagues because they are also doing their best on the other side as well. I am not competing with other provincial teams but I compete with all the other PSL teams only for trophies,” added Mphahlele, who formed the club in 2007.

The club has already started moving some of their offices to the village.

The facility will also be used to host local teams and schools for their lower Leagues home fixtures.

By Ofhani Munyai

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