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Mon Apr 21 09:07:24 SAST 2014

PSL sides still on the move

NICK SAID | 10 August, 2012 06:440 Comments
Trophy on show during the Absa Premiership match between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium on May 01, 2012 in Polokwane
Image by: Duif Du Toit / Gallo Images

PREMIER Soccer League clubs will once again have a fairly nomadic existence in the coming campaign as they are lured away from their traditional bases by the cash on offer from municipalities desperate to have their venues used.

Black Leopards will move all their home matches to Polokwane this season, but will alternate between the Peter Mokaba stadium that was built for the World Cup and the old venue adjacent to it that goes by the same name.

Leopards will play nine league matches at the new venue and six at the old, while Giyani stadium, their home towards the end of last season, undergoes renovations.

The new Peter Mokaba stadium will host a total of 13 league matches during the campaign, with Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United each signing a deal with the local municipality to play two home matches there.

They are likely to add to that with cup games, as United did when they played their MTN8 quarterfinal against Free State Stars at the venue last weekend.

Newly promoted Chippa United will play most the season at the Athlone stadium, with three games at the Cape Town stadium, because home grounds in Philippi don't meet PSL standards.

The Cape Town stadium fixtures will be against Free State Stars, Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Maritzburg United will play three matches at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.

Maritzburg have taken up an offer from the operators of the World Cup venue that is similar to a deal they did with them last year. Ultimately, it means that the venue will host the team's clashes against the top-flight sides Pirates, Sundowns and Swallows.

The other promoted side, University of Pretoria, will use the Tuks stadium for the majority of the campaign, but will face Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns at the much bigger Loftus stadium.

Golden Arrows will make the Princess Magogo stadium their permanent home this campaign.

Bloemfontein Celtic will continue to make the long trek to the Botshabelo stadium for their home games while the Seisa Ramabodu stadium is being renovated. The venue will only be ready in mid-2014, but will be given to the club as an asset by the local municipality once it has been refurbished.

Wits remain open to the idea of moving games to Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit, but no deal has been reached as yet.

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