Room for United at Harry Gwala

2013-06-25 00:00

MARITZBURG United have been offered more facilities at the Harry Gwala stadium, giving the team a more permanent home base in Pietermaritzburg.

The club have fought hard to get the municipality to recognise the marketing offsets for the city by having a professional football club based here.

The Msunduzi executive committee (Exco) agreed at its meeting on Thursday to allow Maritzburg United the use of two offices at the stadium, as well as the use of the change rooms and the pitch when required. This arrangement will be reviewed in May 2014.

The rental for the offices will be R5 000 a month and R350 an hour for the change rooms, which will amount to R14 000 per month, plus VAT. The rental for use of the pitch will also be R350 per hour.

Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia welcomed the news, saying he was still to be officially informed by the municipality. He was waiting to hear the full terms and conditions regarding the use of the facilities, before deciding whether the club would be able to take up the offer.

Kadodia said that Maritzburg United had many challenges in finding adequate training facilities in the city. For a while they used the Ohrtmann Road sports ground.

The club carried out extensive upgrades to the grounds, only to be told that its lease would not be renewed. At one time, the club entertained the idea of moving to Port Elizabeth as a home base, after receiving an invitation and lucrative sweetners from that municipality.

Last season, the club used the sports fields at Carter High School, but the school could not provide adequate change rooms.

Kadodia said they wanted to have a permanent office for the coach at Harry Gwala stadium.

He said the team would report to the stadium on all training days and, thereafter, travel to Carter High School to complete their training.

Kadodia added that although the set-up was not ideal for a professional soccer league team, it provided a solution in the short term.

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