Kaizer Chiefs’ Nedbank Cup opponents have expressed their disappointment at the decision for the choice of their match venue.
ABC Motsepe League side The Magic, who have been drawn to play against Kaizer Chiefs in the Last 16 Round of the Nedbank Cup, are expected to play the biggest match in their history in front of their supporters in Cape Town, following their win over NFD side Maccabi FC in the Last 32 Round of the prestigious competition.
However, it has been confirmed that the third tier outfit will have to travel to the Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape for their home match against the Soweto giants.
The PSL has confirmed that the match will be played on February 17 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Speaking to the Siya crew, the Cape club’s team manager, Anella Bota, expressed disappointment at the failure to get a chance to play against the PSL giants in the Mother City.
“It’s a sad situation for us as we would have loved to play in our own backyard. We are aware that Chiefs command a lot of support everywhere they play in the country, or maybe recently not so in Thohoyandou, but for the boys to be playing in front of their parents, friends, girlfriends, wives or kids would have been such a motivating factor,” said Bota.
The official added that the PSL tried assisting them in their attempts to secure a match venue in the Mother City, but were unsuccessful.
“We certainly can’t do anything about the situation as we do not own any stadium or leasing any. So, if suitable venues are booked then life must go on. We are very grateful to the PSL for trying so hard in assisting us to look for the venue, and yes it will be a home game away from home, and in a way we believe it will give the boys more reasons to fight and try to come away with a positive result,” added the team manager.
“As the club, we humbly apologise to everyone who wanted to come and support us in Cape Town and we want to assure them that the issue is beyond our control, and we tried our best to secure a venue in Cape Town but it wasn’t to be. Keep supporting us, keep believing in Magic,” concluded Bota.