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By All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa | Feb 10, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality have secured the African Champions League return match between Orlando Pirates and Gaborone United on February 28.

The municipality will use this return match to test their 2010 Fifa World Cup readiness. The match is scheduled for the Nelson Mandela Bay Sport Complex in Port Elizabeth.

Pirates, who in 1995 made history by becoming the first team in Southern Africa to win this prestigious continental tournament, are away to The Reds of Botswana on Saturday.

Top brass at the municipality are expected to address a media briefing at the city hall in Port Elizabeth today to announce they are hosting the return match.

The municipality's 2010 marketing director, Putco Mafani, said they were delighted to be the first World Cup venue to host a Champions League match.

"We want to have Pirates play their African Champions League matches here at our new stadiums, for now we have agreed on the one against Gaborone United.

"We will also unveil the plaque at the stadium on that day. This is one aspect that we needed to get permission from the Confederation of African Football to do.

"Although we have staged close to 10 events at the new stadium, there has not been an official one for the opening of the stadium."

Today's media briefing will be attended by the municipality's mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and Pirates administrative executive Floyd "Jomo" Mbele.

Pirates midfielder Andile Jali said: "We want to be part of the historic 2010 by doing well in the Champions League and emulate the success of the 1995 Pirates team."

SuperSport United (Champions League) and Moroka Swallows (African Confederation Cup) are also participating in CAF competitions.


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