Aces secure Mbombela's future
MBOMBELA municipality mayor Lassy Chiwayo has described the use of Mbombela Stadium by Mpumalanga Black Aces as one of the 2010 World Cup legacy projects.
AmaZayoni have decided to play all their high-profile matches at the iconic stadium, which was used as one of the venues for the World Cup. Aces are following in the footsteps of Bidvest Wits, who played a match at Mbombela two weeks ago, in which they beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0.
Besides playing against Sundowns in Mbombela on March 2 next year, Aces will also host Kaizer Chiefs (December 22), Bloemfontein Celtic (January 14), Orlando Pirates (February 6) and Moroka Swallows (May 21). "We are excited that Aces are on board. We've been negotiating with them for almost a year to use Mbombela Stadium for their home matches," Chiwayo said.
"Aces are our only provincial soccer team playing in the Premiership, so it is only proper for them to use the stadium.
"Like eThekwini, Johannesburg and Tshwane, we want to make Mbombela one of the preferred venues for high-profile soccer matches. Having high-profile events will also help promote the profile of Mbombela. There is no way Mbombela Stadium will be a white elephant.
"I always tell the people when they come to Mpumalanga that Mbombela will never be a white elephant because it is carried by 18 orange giraffes," Chiwayo quipped.