Mamelodi Sundowns and the Premier Soccer League are struggling to find a ground for the big league match between Sundowns and Orlando Pirates in a fortnight.

The match, on November 26, was scheduled for the Super stadium in Atteridgeville. The venue is being renovated and will not be ready to accommodate a match of this magnitude.

Sundowns were banking on Loftus Versfeld but it was taken off the roll by the PSL and the 2010 Local Organising Committee.

Loftus, Sundowns’ alternative home ground, has been barred from hosting PSL matches until renovations are completed. The Pretoria venue is one of four selected to host the 2009 Confederations Cup, a dress rehearsal for the Fifa World Cup in 2010.

Sundowns spokesman Mahlatse Mphahlele said: “We are looking at Olympia Park in Rustenburg. It is a Category A match and we cannot take a security risk. We understand there’s a match on that Wednesday but we are in constant communication with the PSL. An alternative is to play on the Tuesday.”

Three more grounds in KwaZulu-Natal are due to undergo renovation for 2010 World Cup training. PSL spokesman Altaaf Kazi said on Thursday that the reconstruction of the King Zwelithini and Princess Magogo stadiums in Durban, and the Harry Gwala stadium in Pietermaritzburg, could make them unavailable for the rest of the season.

“This will cause a headache with a heavy burden now on Chatsworth stadium as the only PSL-sanctioned venue in Durban regularly available for Premier League matches,” said Kazi.

The Sundowns medical team has confirmed that Sibusiso Zuma will start light training tomorrow. Zuma has been ruled out of action for the rest of the year after an ankle operation. Other good news is that Surprise Moriri is back in full training.

PUBLICATION: The Times
AUTHOR: Kgomotso Mokoena
DATED: 10th November 2008