Hayfields couple: Why we choose Team of Choice

2010-09-08 00:00

INSPIRED by the 2010 Fifa World Cup, a Hayfields couple will be in the crowd in tonight’s Absa Premiership encounter between Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs at a packed Harry Gwala Stadium.

Rob and Robyn Joynson will be keen spectators in United’s first home game this season.

Wanting to check out the magnificent architecture of the Moses Mabhida Stadium after its completion ahead of the World Cup, the couple had soaked up the football spirit and decided they would join football fans regularly at matches.

Coincidentally, the first match they watched was also between United and Chiefs, hosted at the Moses Mabhida Stadium last season.

That clash had a huge impact on the way the Joynsons view the beautiful game.

Tonight’s sold-out showdown with Chiefs will be their first match at United’s home ground.

Robyn said, “We went to Moses Mabhida Stadium to see the magnificent infrastructure, but we ended up falling in love with our local team even though they lost that game.

“The importance of supporting the local team is of utmost importance because it will help grow ­Pietermaritzburg’s capacity as a city with a potential to breed future Bafana Bafana players.

“… I think it will be good for the beautiful game if more whites can get involved in supporting the local football by going to the stadiums.”

The couple said it is important to look after the local team so that they can grow to compete well nationally and internationally because they would be strengthened by the support they receive at home.

“People must go to the stadium with their families to resuscitate the culture of watching the game with loved ones,” said Robyn.


United have advised the fans to find parking at AB Jackson Hockey field next to Maritzburg College and alternatively there is also parking next to the Harry Gwala Stadium in Alexandra Park.

United’s operations manager, Quitin Jettoo said there would be road closures ahead of tonight’s game and they would take place at 3pm.

The following routes would be closed: Alexandra Road between Alan Paton to College road east bound. Princess Margret Drive between Alexandra Road to Princess of Wales Drive. Balmoral Drive between Princess of Wales Drive and uMsunduzi Bowling Green Club. Princess Elizabeth Drive between Princess Margret Drive and Alexandra Bowling Club.

Jettoo said there would be traffic officers in the affected routes to ensure that there are not problems.


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