Birds first to visit new home

Sipho Mthembu

Sipho Mthembu

With Huntersfield Stadium not available as renovations begin tomorrow, Jomo Cosmos trek eastward to their new home, Ackerville Stadium in Witbank this weekend.

Jomo Sono's team will share the Mpumalanga venue with Mvela Golden League side Witbank Spurs.

And, the first to visit Ezenkosi will be Moroka Swallows whom they host in a 3.45pm kickoff.

Premier Soccer League general manager of football Andrew Dipela said Cosmos' move to share the venue with Spurs marked a gain in momentum of the "sharing policy".

"As we indicated at the beginning of the year, teams will have to start sharing because a number of venues will be unavailable because of renovations for 2010," said Dipela.

PSL chief executive Trevor Phillips has blamed the venue crisis on lack of coordination between the different municipalities.

"Everybody is just keen to start preparing for 2010. It presents a crisis, but it will be good for us in the long term," Phillips said.

Cosmos should be keen to see if they will be able to change their fortunes against the "Dube Birds", who play Bucs tonight.

After a good run of form that saw them climb the league ladder, Cosmos were routed 3-0 by Ajax Cape Town 3-0, and Bloemfontein Celtic beat them 2-0 on Sunday.