Royal Eagles make Harry Gwala home

2015-10-16 10:00
Harry Gwala Stadium

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Pietermaritzburg - National first division football club Royal Eagles will be sharing a home ground with Maritzburg United.

In a request to the city’s executive committee (Exco), the Royal Eagles asked if they could play some of their home fixtures at the Harry Gwala Stadium, which is already home to Maritzburg United.

The report to Exco said Royal Eagles intend to be based in Pietermaritzburg on a full-time basis to “develop young soccer players”.

Currently the team have seven players who hail from Pietermaritzburg.

The report added that Maritzburg United was willing to share the stadium.

However, concerns were raised when an expert landscaping report indicated that it was “impractical” to host almost triple the amount of player traffic on the pitch.

Servest Landscaping added that they could not guarantee that the pitch would always be in a pristine condition to host televised fixtures.

Msunduzi city manager Mxolisi Nkosi said that this only meant the city would have to conduct additional maintenance.

Nkosi added that in an instance where there is a clash of home fixtures at Harry Gwala Stadium, first preference would be given to Maritzburg United and the Royal Eagles would use an alternative venue.

However, in an instance where there is a clash as a result of Maritzburg United practising at the stadium, preference would be given to the Eagles for official matches

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