R20m for Maritzburg to move?

2012-05-14 14:04

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 the stadium".

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 area.

"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.


  • Topsy - 2012-05-14 14:34

    PATHETIC! how is maritzburg united playing in another province a 'home game'? sad for football that money owns it, sad for the people of pmb

      Koos - 2012-05-15 02:49

      Another waste of taxpayers money.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-14 14:37

    Well, if the Kadodias (Maritzburgs owners) don't get any assistance from the dysfunctional Pietermaritzburg municipality, one can't blame them for looking elsewhere. The sad part is that once again, Maritzburg football will fall back into the doldrums and any half-decent players will play elsewhere. However if they do move then they must also change their name and "Team Of Choice" moniker.

      Koos - 2012-05-15 02:51

      11. Maritzburg Utd 29 7 34 That is not close to the top.

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-14 14:51

    Go Bay Stars, put your money behind the local side!!

  • Alan - 2012-05-14 16:04

    They can't put a decent rugby team together, so now they want to buy a soccer team. WTF????

  • SongzJ - 2012-05-15 08:48

    I see nothing rong with what the municipality is doing! We'd also love to see more PSL games played on our city too!

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