Football fans from Limpopo, more specifically Sekhukhune United followers have raised questions on why the club has opted to play their home matches in the Gauteng province instead of their ‘home province’.
The club purchased the first division status from Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in 2020 and gained promotion to the DStv Premiership in their first attempt.
While the club has always taken pride with the fact that they are a Limpopo club, it is their choice of home venue in a different province that has surprised their followers.
‘Babina Noko’ have registered the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa as their home venue for the 2021/22 PSL season. Club Spokesperson Tebogo Mapinga has since explained to FARPost the decision for the move.
“As you can see, we are not shying away from being in Sekhukhune simply because we are forever in consultation with the management and leadership of first, secondly of Limpopo to find ways that they can accommodate this club.
“At this point in time you can understand that there are no grounds in Sekhukhune and if you go to Peter Mokaba Stadium, you have four teams between the two grounds. So, it becomes a challenge to find a stadium that is PSL standard within our region,” he said.
“So, there is a solution, we are trying to find our solution to ensure that we come back here and play. So, the season coming, like with the Chippa United game, we will be playing at Makhulong and there would be a couple of amendments throughout the season where we will bring some games to the new Peter Mokaba Stadium.”
Meanwhile, the club has also given an update on the future of Jabulani Malukele and Morgan Gould who still have playing contracts with the club. The pair did not travel with the club for the tour to Limpopo this past weekend.
“Jabu Maluleke and Morgan Gould at this point in time we are still in discussions to finalize their stay at the club. We should get feedback quite soon on how they are going to be part of the team or not. But let’s wait for the last word from the club,” added Mapinga.
Sekhukhune will open their league campaign with a home match against Chippa United this coming Saturday at Makhulong Stadium at 15:00.
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By Ofhani Munyai