Fans will have second chance to see United at Moses Mabhida

2009-11-27 00:00

FOOTBALL fans who did not manage to get tickets to Sunday’s inaugural game at Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Premier Soccer League meeting between AmaZulu and Maritzburg United, will have a second bite at the cherry.

With huge demand for the first game at the brand-new, super-modern Moses Mabhida, the 22 000 tickets available for Sunday’s match were sold out by Tuesday.

Even 300 tickets and an accompanying bus trip put up by United on Wednesday morning sold within an hour.

But fans still keen to view a match in the airy, comfortable 56 000-capacity Moses Mabhida will have a tantalising second chance because United’s home game against Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday next weekend has been moved from Woodburn Stadium to Durban’s R3,1 billion World Cup semi-final venue.

This is because of the security concerns for a game against the country’s biggest-supported team at Woodburn. United have once hosted Chiefs, but that was at the larger Harry Gwala Stadium.

United chairman Farouk Kadodia said yesterday: “We were concerned about the security controls and also that, with this being a day game, more Chiefs fans from the coast and inland would have travelled to Pietermaritzburg for the game, which would have swelled the crowd.”

Next weekend’s match-up against the Amakhosi will have 40 000 seats available.

Kadodia said it is an honour for Maritzburg to compete in the first game at Moses Mabhida, which will have its capacity increased to 70 000 for the World Cup.

“In the history annals it will always say that the first game at the stadium was between AmaZulu and Maritzburg United. And the result will be important because what will go down in the records is who played the first game, and who won the first game.

“Our players realise this and that it is a very big game. And apart from it being an honour to take part in this game, it will be an opportunity to market the club and the PSL, because there could be as many as 14 000 people there just to see the stadium who have never been to a local football match.”

United’s new coach, Ernst Middendorp, who has started with a 3-2 away defeat to SuperSport United and Wednesday night’s 1-1 home draw against Wits University, expects a tough game against AmaZulu, who have won two games in a row.

“They are on a good run at the moment and we’re looking forward to it and will enjoy it,” he said.

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