PSL clubs keen on Orlando

AFTER Kaizer Chiefs' move to Pretoria, several Absa Premiership clubs have shown keen interest in using the Orlando Stadium for their home games.

AFTER Kaizer Chiefs' move to Pretoria, several Absa Premiership clubs have shown keen interest in using the Orlando Stadium for their home games.

This is according to Jacques Grobbelaar of Stadium Management South Africa, who manage the 2010 World Cup training venue.

"There are some clubs, some outside Gauteng, who have approached us to use Orlando Stadium because of its rich history in South African football," he said.

"We are still talking, so it would be premature for me to mention names. All I can tell you is that there is a lot of interest.

"We had a meeting with Chiefs in June to be our tenant team, but they have since informed us their needs have changed. They have more supporters and needed a bigger venue.

"We also gave them an option of putting up the boards calling Orlando Stadium the home of Kaizer Chiefs and getting their perimeter boards inside the stadium.

"We are searching for a tenant team because the stadium is very expensive to maintain. We spend R810000 a month to maintain it."

Grobbelaar said they had closed the stadium for eight days to work on the maintenance of the pitch, a cause for concern for many club coaches.

"We had 24 games, which was too much. The other problem is that the PSL season is short, meaning we have games every Wednesday and on weekends."

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