Absa Premiership

Ajax hoping to host Chiefs in Durban

2017-02-17 10:15
Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou is hoping the PSL will give the green light for their home match against Kaizer Chiefs to be played in Durban.

The Urban Warriors are unable to play the game at the Cape Town Stadium as the venue is being used for a music festival.

This led to reports that the game, scheduled for 25 February, will be moved to the Athlone Stadium.

But with high numbers of fans expected, Efstathiou says that safety at Ahtlone would be an issue.

With the Newlands Rugby Stadium also not available, he explained that taking the game out of the Mother City is the only option.

"The Athlone perimeter is very difficult to monitor and to fence because if you fence it further out you are taking away all the parking, then you get onto the street onto Klipfontein Road and it becomes extremely dangerous. So we didn't believe it was an option," Efstathiou said at a press conference on Thursday.

"We met with disaster management and police on Tuesday and they also confirmed that they won't allow the game to take place there (at Athlone)," he added.

The Ajax boss says Port Elizabeth was also an option the club considered, but they decided instead to go for Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium.

They are now waiting for the league to give the KZN venue the go-ahead.

"We're now in the hands of the PSL, we have booked the stadium at the Moses Mabhida for the 25th so it is available.

"The rules basically say that if we can't find a venue the PSL has the right to appoint the next venue but I think we've made it easy for them as we have booked the facility (Moses Mabhida), it's all available, it's just for them to tick and approve it," said Efstathiou.

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