Ntokozo Gumede
Football Writer
3 minute read
30 Jun 2022
11:42 am

Zama wants more recognition for making the grass greener

Ntokozo Gumede

'The players get the awards at the end of the season but where do they play?' said the Lucas Moripe Stadium groundsman.

Zama Aphane feels not enough respect is paid to groundsmen. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

The age-old saying, 'grass is always greener on the other side', might be just be a phrase for some people, but for Zama Aphane, this statement has been his reality since he left a marketing job to pursue a career as a groundsman. ALSO READ: Riveiro's Pirates will play like Manchester City, says Finnish journalist Aphane is the groundsman at that Atteridgeville sports hub, the Lucas Moripe Stadium, named after a son of that soil.Zama, as he insists being called, instead of the formal usage of a surname, never imagined that grass-cutting would be something that puts food on the...