Absa Premiership

Too many games hosted at Moses Mabhida?

2018-09-11 09:24

Cape Town - With the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban set to host back-to-back MTN8 finals, fans have raised questions over the awarding of tournament final venues.

READ: Moses Mabhida to host MTN8 final

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) announced that a repeat of the 2017 Nedbank Cup final between defending champions SuperSport United and Cape Town City will once again be heading to Durban on September 29.

The Moses Mabhida Stadium had been heavily touted as the likeliest venue for this year's final due to its neutral location and a popularity among football decision-makers.

It certainly seems as if whenever a Bafana Bafana fixture or local cup final is announced, it's more than likely that said fixtures will be headed to the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

An incredible statistic reveals that since its construction, the Moses Mabhida Stadium has hosted 11 local finals out of a possible 24 - that equates to 45%.

"We have talked to the sponsors, the two clubs Cape Town City and SuperSport United to take the match back to Durban," said PSL's Luxolo September to SuperSport's Extra Time.

"It is like a grudge match and we decided to take it back to where it started because it is the same script, but act two."

This high percentage is made even more remarkable given that there were 10 stadiums unveiled for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa that were either reconstructed or newly-built.

The stadium has also hosted a high number of Bafana Bafana fixtures with 16 matches out of 55 home games, amounting to 29%.

Cup finals hosted at Moses Mabhida Stadium:

MTN8 - 2018; 2017; 2014; 2013; 2010

Nedbank Cup - 2017; 2014; 2013

Telkom Knockout - 2015; 2012; 2011

Bafana Bafana fixtures hosted at Moses Mabhida Stadium:

2010-2018: 16 matches out of 55 home games

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