Varsity stadium to host AmaTuks-Celtic clash

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The PSL is adamant it will use one of the two University of Pretoria facilities for the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal between AmaTuks and Bloemfontein Celtic on April 11.

Ace Ncobo, PSL general manager, told Sowetan yesterday they were still to decide on which one to use between the soccer and rugby stadiums.

This was after Sowetan asked Ncobo if they were not inviting a possible stampede, considering Celtic have a multitude of "religious" supporters.

The soccer stadium, which is also used for athletics, has a seating capacity of 4500 and the nearby rugby facility accommodates 8000 people.

The PSL's decision to take the game to the university comes hardly two weeks after Celtic fans delayed their game against Lamontville Golden Arrows in Welkom.

They broke down a fence to gain free entry to the 13000-seater venue, forcing the kickoff to be delayed for more than 10 minutes. The match was also stopped for 20 minutes to calm down the crowd. Celtic will appear before a disciplinary committee tomorrow for the same incident.

Asked if it was not advisable to look for a bigger venue for the game with Celtic involved, Ncobo said: "We cannot predict the number of fans coming, but most of them have not been travelling with the team.

"We are still looking at which of the two venues will be ideal for the game, the first option is to use the rugby stadium..."

At the draw on Monday, AmaTuks' general manager Kenneth Neluvhalani said they were looking forward to playing at Super Stadium, Atteridgeville, where they eliminated Kaizer Chiefs.