Absa Premiership

SAFA CT refuses to vacate Athlone Stadium

2019-01-31 10:36
Athlone Stadium
Athlone Stadium (capetown.gov.za)

Cape Town - The South African Football Association Cape Town (SAFA CT) president Bennett Bailey says the association will ignore the City of Cape Town's demands of vacating Athlone Stadium.

According to an EWN website, the City has ordered SAFA CT to find a new home in the Mother City due to health and safety reasons at the stadium.

Football matches are regular played at the stadium within the top tier divisions in the country and the 34 000-seater will be unable host games from February onwards. 

"We are going nowhere, that is the home of football and that is where we will launch all of our activities from," said Bailey.

"It's number one that it (Athlone Stadium) is not zoned for a business. And then secondly, it's for safety and health reasons, so those were the main reasons they advanced to us as to why we should vacate the office."

"We advanced to them (CoCT) that we are not a business, we are a public benefit organisation and registered as such. We are a community-based organisation so we do not qualify under the first one (business zoning)."

"The health and safety reasons, we are of the opinion that they could highlight that (specific issues) and we all become the wiser on how and how best to deal with this matter."

According to the report, SAFA CT have until Thursday, January 31 to vacate the stadium that has been in existence 1972.

Meanwhile, SAFA CT are set to hold a press conference on Thursday to address the issue.

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