Msunduzi Cup ‘will go ahead as planned’

2019-07-24 06:02

THE little-known creators of the newest tournament in the city, the Msunduzi Cup set for Saturday at Harry Gwala Stadium, gave an assurance yesterday that the event will go ahead and they promised spectators will enjoy the mixture of football and music on offer.

After starting their media briefing 90 minutes late at the new athletics stadium, the Mokoena Group’s youthful representatives announced they had made all the necessary arrangements for success to be attained in Saturday’s tourney featuring Maritzburg United, three other clubs and a host of entertainers.

The private company’s chief executive, Lebogang Mokoena, and his associates did not seem perturbed by questions about their lack of experience in hosting sports events, complaints on Twitter that the R80 entry fee was too high, or rumours that the four clubs involved; Maritzburg United, AmaZulu, Golden Arrows and Bidvest Wits, had yet to receive appearance fees promised to them. Mokoena said they were confident of drawing a capacity crowd of 12 000 on Saturday and were grateful for support received from Msunduzi Municipality, BMW Supertech, the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation and Hollywoodbets.

The first match at 10 am will feature Arrows versus Wits and the second at noon will see United take on AmaZulu. The two winners will advance to a final at 5 pm, with music promised all day from the likes of DJ Thanda, Sphectacula and Naves, Tribe of Africa and DJ Chofy.

Said Mokoena: “It will give supporters a wonderful opportunity to look at their teams’ new signings.

And it’s a whole day out for the fans, with the first match at 10 am and the final at 5 pm, with a lot of entertainment in terms of local artists’ perfomances in between.

[In terms of the sponsors] Msunduzi Municipality is providing the use of Harry Gwala Stadium, BMW Supertech has provided us with vehicles for roadshows to market the event, Hollywoodbets is providing water and other things, and Sport and Recreation is paying the appearance fees.”

He said he could not disclose the fees, but it’s believed that United and company have been promised R125 000 each.

Team of Choice official Younus Kadodia said his club were happy to take part in an event on home soil during preparations for the new season. “Of course, since it’s being hosted at Harry Gwala Stadium, there’s extra pressure on us to keep the trophy here, but that’s exactly what we plan to do,” he said.

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