Old Peter Mokaba Stadium severely damaged

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Polokwane City will be forced to look for an alternative venue for their Absa Premiership home match against Chippa United when the season re-opens on Saturday 4 January 2020.

This comes after their regular home ground at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium was severely damaged following a Music Festival which took place at the venue on Saturday and Sunday.

The Polokwane Municipality and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture who were the organisers of the event failed to put in pitch covers in order to protect the grass which left most parts of the pitch unplayable.

It is alleged that it will take 4 to 6 weeks to re-work the pitch to its best conditions and with Rise and Shine’s next match only in 2 and half weeks’ time it is highly unlikely that the Premier Soccer League would allow a professional match at the precinct.

The Municipality failed to respond to #FARPost questions on why a pitch cover was not considered for the music concert, the exact time frame on when the Stadium will be available to use and what will happen if the venue is not ready for the 4th of January.

City are aware of the facilities current state as they held their training session at the ground on Tuesday morning but refused to comment on the matter.

By Ofhani Munyai

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