With the 2020/21 GladAfrica Championship season set to begin in two weeks’ time, newly promoted side Bizana Pondo Chiefs are faced with a challenge of finding a home venue as soon as possible.
The Eastern Cape side were using an open field in the Bizana area for their ABC Motsepe League home matches this past season.
But their promotion to the first division means the club will be required to use a facility that meets GladAfrica Championship standards.
FARPost has been informed that there are three facilities that the club is currently looking at, with Mthatha Stadium (3 hours away from Bizana), ruled out as a potential home venue.
The three stadiums currently earmarked are in Tabankulu and Matatiele (both within the Alfred Nzo region where Bizana also falls under) as well as in KwaZulu Natal which is closer to them.
When asked where the club will be playing, Chairman of the club, Nkosinathi Ngcokiyani referred this publication to Mbizana Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr. Daniswa Mafumbatha.
“Fortunately you are asking me that while the delegation from the Municipality that is led by our honourable Mayor is here so if you can ask that question to them because that is for my leadership, but I will play,” said Ngcokiyani.
But Mafumbatha remains confident that the club will remain within the region come the beginning of the season.
“Even if we have not finished (to build a stadium) there is a facility and within the region (Alfred Nzo) we do have two facilities. So the one from our Municipality is a third facility.
“We also hope that because even the Premier has seen us, they will come on board so that we fast track the infrastructure that we have in Mbizana,” said Mafumbatha who travelled to watch the team when they defeated Pretoria Callies in the final at Vaal University of Technology on Saturday.
The club officials as well as the Mbizana Municipality delegation led by the Mayor are expected to sit in a meeting before the end of the weekend to map a way forward.
By Ofhani Munyai
at Vaal University of Technology