Govt push for Black Aces to use Atlantic

THE Mpumalanga provincial government will do everything possible to assist newly promoted Black Aces to use Atlantic Stadium if they need it for their Absa Premiership matches next season.

THE Mpumalanga provincial government will do everything possible to assist newly promoted Black Aces to use Atlantic Stadium if they need it for their Absa Premiership matches next season.

Aces were kicked out of Atlantic Stadium towards the end of last season by Mpumalanga Rugby Union, who lease the stadium from the eMalahleni local municipality.

This forced AmaZayoni to play their last games at Ackerville Stadium, which has no proper floodlights.

MEC for culture, sports and recreation Vusi Shongwe said they had met with the eMalahleni council to discuss how Aces could be allowed to use the stadium without any hindrance.

"Discussions are still going on but we hope a solution will be found soon. What we want to see is Aces playing in the elite league without any stadium hiccups," he said.

Shongwe applauded the efforts of the club as well as the supporters who rallied behind the team throughout the season, especially in the national playoffs campaign.

Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza said the government would try to expand opportunities for more teams from the province to break into the professional ranks.

"The promotion of Aces creates fertile ground for a broader pool of talent identification and sports development in the province and nationwide," he said.

Aces' spokesperson Thabo Moroape said they will continue to use Ackerville as their home ground.

"Aces' promotion to the top flight is an icing on the cake," he said.

Mpumalanga clubs have been riding the crest of the wave in the past month.

It all started when Witbank Spurs showed great character by securing their status in the National First Division and Batau FC qualifying to play in the NFD after a great showing in the second division playoffs in East London.

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