Chippa clash with City is back at Sisa sta­dium

Daily Dispatch - - News - By MFUNDO PIL­ISO

CHIPPA United yes­ter­day made a U-turn, say­ing their game against high-fly­ing Cape Town City later this month has been moved back to Sisa Dukashe Sta­dium in Mdantsane.

On Tues­day the Chilli Boys boss Siviwe “Chippa” Mpen­gesi an­nounced that the Oc­to­ber 22 game had been moved from the NU2 venue to Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium be­cause Sisa Dukashe Sta­dium failed to meet Pre­mier Soc­cer League stan­dards.

This came as a shock, es­pe­cially after the city said it would spend mil­lions re­vamp­ing the pitch dur­ing the off-sea­son.

How­ever, in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Mpen­gesi told the Daily Dis­patch the game was back at Sisa Dukashe.

“We got a let­ter from the PSL con­firm­ing the game [will be played in Mdantsane] after they had re­jected it, but we also pleaded with them to re­con­sider, and they even­tu­ally sent an of­fi­cial to eval­u­ate the pitch.

“The of­fi­cials com­pared Sisa and Absa Sta­dium (now Buf­falo City Sta­dium) and came to the con­clu­sion that Sisa was in bet­ter con­di­tion.”

Buf­falo City Metro Mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesman, Samkelo Ng­wenya, said they were happy the game was back in Mdantsane, as mayor Xola Pakati an­nounced in his state of the metro ad­dress that the games in the town­ships had good spin-offs for the area.

“We have ap­proved R3-mil­lion for up­grades at Sisa Dukashe to en­sure that the fa­cil­ity con­tin­ues to meet both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stan­dards for host­ing pre­mium events as it had hap­pened in the pre­vi­ous PSL sea­son,” he said.

Mpen­gesi said the con­fu­sion was stress­ful for the club as they had promised their fans in BCM they would bring more games fol­low­ing their Pre­mier’s Cup clash against Kaizer Chiefs dur­ing the off-sea­son.

“I’m happy this game has been con­firmed by the PSL be­cause it’s even posted on their web­site for the fans to see.”

How­ever, PSL spokesman Lux­olo Septem­ber said: “This game is likely to be moved to Mdantsane.” —

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