With Gauteng confirmed by the PSL as the location for the Biologically Safe Environment (BSE), one club boss feels that despite his team being based in the province, there will be no such thing as a home ground advantage.
The Premier Soccer League informed SAFA of its plans to restart the 2019/20 season, with 14 Gauteng training venues and 11 stadiums to be used.
FNB Stadium, Orlando Stadium, Dobsonville Stadium, Rand Stadium, Makhulong Stadium, Ellis Park, Bidvest Wits, Loftus Versfeld, Lucas Moripe Stadium, University of Pretoria and the Tsakane Stadium were all put down as the match venues.
Highlands Park have turned their Makhulong Stadium – which is part of the selected venues, into a stomping ground where teams rarely emerge with a positive result.
Their co-director and shareholder Sinky Mnisi, feels the fact that their matches will not be played in Tembisa, removes the possibility of having an advantage.
“Nobody has an advantage because we are not going to be playing our games at Makhulong Stadium. If we were playing our games as Highlands Park at the Makhulong Stadium, which is the house of pain and suffering, I would say yes indeed it will be very nice, but we are going to be playing in any other stadium in Gauteng, so we will all be on equal footing with all the other teams from outside the province.”
Meanwhile, the PSL has announced that the Board of Governors meeting to decide the fate of the 2019/20 season has been postponed to Monday 27 July.