United lays on buses for Telkom semi-final

2010-11-17 00:00

MARITZBURG United will be putting on 40 buses to transport their fans to the Telkom Knockout semi-final against Orlando Pirates at Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday.

Having failed to have the match moved back to Harry Gwala Stadium, United want to ensure they assist as many of their fans as they can to reach Chatsworth for the match.

“We need volunteers to come to our offices to act as co-ordinators at various centres where buses will be leaving from the Pietermaritzburg city centre and surrounding townships,” United chairman Farouk Kadodia said yesterday.

“Once we have managed to get enough co-ordinators, we will release to the press the exact stops buses will be leaving from and returning to on Sunday.

“The buses will be free, and all our fans need to use them is a ticket. We are encouraging fans who want to use these buses to buy tickets soon, even if they do not have transport, and then watch the press for details of bus stops.”

Tickets for the semi-final are on sale at Computicket.

Kadodia said tickets for the league match against Pirates next Friday, this time at Harry Gwala Stadium, are on sale at the club offices now.

The first 800 people to buy tickets for the league match will also get a ticket to the Telkom semi on Sunday.

The United chairman said the security at Chatsworth Stadium will be asked to reserve the main stand for Maritzburg supporters, but that United fans should try to arrive at least before 1 pm.

Pirates midfielder Daine Klate, meanwhile, says he hopes to turn negative to positive when his side meet Maritzburg in Sunday’s semi-final.

Klate had a miserable weekend, not only having to endure being part of the Buccaneers’ 3-1 league defeat against arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium, but also scoring the sixth-minute own goal that set the tone for the loss.

It’s the sort of setback to his new career at Pirates that Klate will be looking to bounce back from as soon as possible, and he will see Saturday’s Telkom semi as the perfect opportunity to do so.

Klate said scoring an own goal had never happened to him in his career.

“I have never scored an own goal; not even when I was playing street football.

“I cannot hide the fact that I felt bad, but I have been playing professional football for a long time and I should be able to handle this situation professionally enough,” the midfielder said.

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