Johannesburg - The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality are reportedly willing to
offer Maritzburg United R20 million to play all of their home games in
the city next season.
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Reports in The Herald claim the municipality are looking
to splash the cash in order to lure the Team of Choice to the Nelson
Mandela Bay Stadium for the entirety of the 2012/13 PSL campaign.
United had already been paid R750 000 for each of the three times
they played at the stadium this season, although the municipality had
budgeted around R11.8 million for "the promoting of soccer matches at
A deal between the club and city is set to be concluded by the
end of next month, although Bay Stars, the local team competing in the
Eastern Cape Vodacom League, have already voiced their displeasure at
having to share the stadium with a team who do not even hail from the
"It's unjust and unfair for the municipality to buy a team that
won't be permanently be residing in PE. We appeal to the metro to
support Nelson Mandela Bay teams. It will be a slap in the face if they
do that [buy Maritzburg United]," Bay Stars coach Graham Harrison said.