Wits defend choice of ground for cup clash
BIDVEST Wits chief executive Jose Ferreira has defended the club's decision to play their Telkom Knockout first-round fixture against Kaizer Chiefs on Friday night at the tiny Milpark Stadium on the university campus.
The university venue can hold just 5000 for what is expected to be a much-anticipated fixture between the new-look Clever Boys and the most supported club in the country in Chiefs.
Although Wits have hosted the Soweto giants at the venue in the past, they have tended to take their more high-profile matches to bigger venues.
When they hosted Chiefs in the league last month the match was played at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
But Ferreira says for this knockout fixture they are keen to have Amakhosi come to the cosier environment of their traditional home.
"It is our home ground after all and just because it is Kaizer Chiefs does not mean we would automatically move the game," Ferreira said.
"The principle for us is that we have a home draw in the Telkom Knockout and we want to get the advantage from that, which we feel we can from playing at the Bidvest Stadium.
"It is not something that is unprecedented, when we played Chiefs in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup in 2011 we hosted that match at the Bidvest Stadium as well."
Ferreira is correct, though Wits finished up on the end of a 4-0 drubbing on that occasion thanks to a brace by Siphiwe Tshabalala.