Maritzburg United saved from relegation

2016-05-25 06:00

MARITZBURG United secured a spot in the Premier Soccer League for next season when they defeated Jomo Cosmos 3-1 in their match on Saturday bringing their supporters great joy in spite of the recent debate over the request of transportation funds for supporters to the match.

In a quote tabled at last week’s executive committee meeting, a request for five buses and meals to be provided for spectators who wished to travel to support them for the crucial match, which, if they lost, would have led to their relegation from the Premier League.

Although the quote was for over R200 000, councillors resolved to sponsor only R30 000 towards support from the trip, although the report stated there were no funds available to make the donation.

The support for part of their request was supported by Eunice Majola, who said this would be a way of supporting the team.

Thulani Xulu reiterated that the Team of Choice needs community support.
“We just need to give them the extra support. We benefit from their games and it’s beneficial to the community and we need to give back to them,” he said.

Expressing his shock with the request was DA councillor Bill Lambert who said it was “the most outrageous thing” he had heard all day.

“We already gave them R12 million with a list of conditions, which they have not even abided to. Now they want us to give them this over and above the R12 million. The report says there are no funds. This is a fruitless and wasteful expenditure.”

His view, seconded by DA councillor Judith Lawrence, was that the team should have made their own provisions if they wanted supporters at their games.

IFP councillor Ntokozo Bhengu was also adamant in his decision to not support the request to fund the supporters. “Even when they [United] play in Harry Gwala, they lose. We don’t even give them a kombi and they lose, so why must we give them buses?” he asked, going further to say that even if the request was for R50 he would not support it.

To some extent Maritzburg United redeemed themselves and will continue in the Premier League next season by saving themselves from relegation, the jubilation of this was seen on Msunduzi Municipal Mayor Chris Ndlela who was at the match.

‘We already gave them R12 million with a list of conditions, which they have not
even abided to. Now they
want us to give them
this over and above the R12 million’

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