Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe during the team's 50th anniversary announcements in Sandton on May 21, 2020 in Johannesburg. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU
Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe during the team's 50th anniversary announcements in Sandton on May 21, 2020 in Johannesburg. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe has backed the Jake White-led revolution at Loftus as the franchise looks to again become a dominant force in southern hemisphere rugby.

Motsepe‚ who in December acquired a 37% stake in the Blue Bulls Company‚ says he is excited that World Cup-winning coach White has joined the Bulls as director of rugby.

“I am excited and I think the Bulls are going to do very well. We have just had Jake White join us recently‚ which is a good thing,” said an upbeat Motsepe.

Since White arrived at Loftus earlier in 2020 he has recruited Arno Botha‚ utility back Gio Aplon‚ prop Marcel van der Merwe‚ lock Walt Steenkamp‚ Johan Grobbelaar‚ Gerhard Steenekamp and Muller Uys.

There have also been moves behind the scenes with Edgar Rathbone arriving in the capital city in June as CEO to take over from departing Alfons Meyer.

On other transfer news from Loftus‚ White was dealt a huge blow last week when Springbok fullback Warrick Gelant decided to leave the franchise to join the Stormers in Cape Town.

Motsepe said he long considered getting involved with the Bulls and he is happy that a deal has been done because he is also passionate about rugby.

“I have been looking at the partnership for some time and I am very excited. When I was five years old‚ I went to a boarding school in the Eastern Cape and we played football but we also played rugby. So I have a passion for football‚ music and rugby.

“The Bulls and Mamelodi Sundowns are both from Tshwane — we both use Loftus. It is an exciting opportunity to use sport to bring our people together because sport unites people from different backgrounds‚ languages and cultures. In the context of the Bulls‚ rugby brings black and white South Africans together.

“It strengthens this common passion for the sport and to get more young black and white South Africans to play for the Bulls.

“As the Motsepe Foundation‚ we sponsor school sports where we want black and white South Africans to play football. We have this developmental obligation whether it is Sundowns or the Bulls‚ and we also sponsor netball at schools and the participants love it very much.”