Delighted United to face Chiefs at home

2014-02-04 00:00

THERE was good news for city football lovers yesterday when it was confirmed that Maritzburg United’s home PSL match against Kaizer Chiefs next week Tuesday will be played at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

This came after concerns early this year that the game would be moved to Durban due to the questionable state of the Harry Gwala surface. But, tickets are now on sale and adults can see the Soweto-based log leaders in action for R60, with students in for R20.

Club chairperson Farouk Kadodia told The Witness yesterday that the decision to keep the fixture in Pietermaritzburg was one that he was delighted to make following his promise at the start of the season that all PSL matches would be played in the city.

“There was an approach from Moses Mabhida Stadium to take the game there, but we were reluctant,” he said. “Being forced to take the game away was our biggest fear, because it is a proud moment for Maritzburg and the supporters to host a team of Kaizer Chiefs’ stature.”

Kadodia confirmed that the club, and not the municipality, had taken on the costs of rehabilitating the ailing surface that was once a 2010 Fifa World Cup training pitch.

“I wouldn’t say that the pitch is in the condition that we would ideally like it to be, but we are fully confident that it will be fine by the Chiefs game,” said Kadodia.

There was also a concern over the floodlights, which had experienced major problems due to a power surge. But, said Kadodia, the municipality’s insurance had made funds available to get them up and running in time for kickoff next week (7.30 pm).

United have, in the past, taken games to Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for financial gain.

This is the first season in three that the club have kept all of their matches in PMB, and Kadodia encouraged all involved to ensure that this would become the norm.

United take on the University of Pretoria at Tuks Stadium tomorrow night in a 7.30 pm kickoff.

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