Mbombela gets ready to host Spurs

2011-07-01 00:00

MBOMBELA — The Mbombela Local Municipality in Mpumalanga is preparing for the off-season soccer spectacle between Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions Orlando Pirates and English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur on July 19, when the two teams play in the Vodacom Challenge at the Mbombela stadium.

Said municipal spokesperson Joseph Ngala yesterday.“The hosting of this match is a very exciting opportunity. As a municipality, we feel we are on track to meet and exceed the expectations of the organisers and sports lovers alike.”

Ngala said the municipality’s bid to host the match is also indicative of its determination to make the stadium a world-class facility.

He said it is imperative for the stadium to be financially viable and to add value to the lives of sport fans in the province.

He said that some of the strong points that ensured Mbombela was given the contract to host the July 19 match was the ability to pull capacity crowds each time an event has been staged.

“This is a great venue. It still boasts the status of being the only one to have a sold-out match even in mid-week. This feat was achieved when Bidvest Wits hosted Kaizer Chiefs earlier in the year,” Ngala said.

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