Posted: 2012-05-14 12:09
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is reportedly preparing a R20 million deal to lure Maritzburg United to the windy city for the entire 2012/13 season.
According to the Herald, the municipality is on a soccer spending spree having already pledged R30 million to co-host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations despite a “a squeeze on its finances”.
The city apparently forked out R11.8 million this season to host nine PSL soccer matches at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, where Maritzburg United played three League matches this season.
Maritzburg were paid R750 000 by the metro for each of the three matches played in the Bay, out of the R11.8 million allocated by council for “the promoting of soccer matches at the stadium”.
The pending deal between Maritzburg United and the municipality is apparently a month away from being sealed.
However, the municipality’s plan has been met with strong objections by Bay Stars – the local team competing in the Eastern Cape Vodacom League.
“It’s unjust and unfair for the municipality to buy a team that won’t be permanently be residing in PE… We appeal to the metro to support Nelson Mandela Bay teams. It will be a slap in the face if they do that [buy Maritzburg United],” says Bay Stars coach Graham Harrison.
Maritzburg United’s Farouk and Younis Kadodia were not available for comment.