CHIPPA United have announced they will be staying put in Cape Town for the upcoming Premier Soccer League season after talks to relocate to Port Elizabeth broke down..
The newly promoted top-flight side had been in discussions with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the operators of the city’s 2010 World Cup Stadium, but said yesterday they had ended talks without giving any reasons.
It is believed that Maritzburg United are now in line to take up residence in the Eastern Cape.
“We will no longer be relocating the team to Port Elizabeth as we had earlier anticipated and it was reported in some sections of the media,” Chippa chairman Siviwe Mpengesi said.
“It was obvious that our proposal was appealing to the people of the Eastern Cape who had interest to see us playing at Nelson Mandela [Bay] Stadium.
“It was never about money or competition, our move was motivated by the interest we have in the development of football in the Eastern Cape. We felt we also had to respect the process that was already under way as far as negotiations between the metro and the other club are concerned.”
The decision to stay in Cape Town means the club will move ahead with plans to redevelop the Philippi Stadium into a ground with a capacity of 20000.
“Our [plan] now is to focus on rebuilding Philippi Stadium and make it our fortress,” Mpengesi added.