Limpopo-born former Orlando Pirates midfielder Jackie Styles Ledwaba has raised his concerns over the treatment of football legends in the province. 

The legends in the Province recently launched a first-ever tournament. It is aimed at celebrating and showcase our Masters and Legends in the Province. The tournament is also set to be played yearly.

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The 2023 inaugural edition will be played by Capricorn legends from Polokwane, Molemole, Lepelle Nkumpi, and Sekhukhune. Speaking at the launch in Polokwane, Ledwaba says it is unfortunate that the local legends are always sidelined for events in the province. 

“That’s why we have started this project. We have been undermined by our own province,” said Ledwaba. 

Limpopo-born Orlando Pirates player cries foul over treatment  of football legends
Launch of Legends Tournament


“You find an occasion where the department of health or any department in our province for example can go all out. Invite legends out of the province, as if there are no legends here. That thing is embarrassing and painful to the legends of Limpopo.

“We are having more legends in our own backyard and that thing made us approach Mama Ria [Ledwaba] because we were buried and now we have resurrected. This project will make our own province start recognizing the legends of Limpopo,” he explained. 

“The department and other stakeholders will also start looking for us. That’s the most important reason why we started this tournament. Imagine inviting someone from out of the Province and giving them R 50 000, just to come and stand.

“What are you telling the legends of the Province who are going to participate and impart their knowledge to young kids? But those from outside just come for a day and go back to their respective provinces. But we still sit with stakeholders and share the vision of promoting young players.” 

By Khotso Ramalatswa


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