The Team of Choice have opted to stay in KwaZulu-Natal after receiving a “tempting” offer to switch provinces from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.
“In recent weeks, the news was abuzz that the Team of Choice could be relocating to Port Elizabeth and making the Nelson Mandela Bay 2010 World Cup Stadium our home base,” United spokesman Brian Zuma is quoted as saying on the club’s website.
“Whilst many stories and comments were made in the media regarding the possible move by MUFC, the directors of the club played their cards close to their chests choosing to keep this a boardroom matter and not be drawn to the temptation of responding to media sensationalism.
“The Maritzburg United board of directors have since resolved on the matter.
“Subsequent to an offer from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality for the club to relocate to Port Elizabeth, the directors have applied their minds on the offer at hand, and after careful consideration of a number of critical factors, they came to a conclusion that Maritzburg United will not accept the offer to relocate to Port Elizabeth.
“The chairman and the board were appreciative of the gesture by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, for a very good and tempting offer they had made to the club, but believed that remaining in Pietermaritzburg was the more reasonable option in the longer run.
“In the interests of KZN football, and in particular the football lovers of the greater Pietermaritzburg and uMgungundlovu areas, the club is committed to the City of Choice, and wants to thank the supporters who have been loyal to the club even in the most trying of times.
“The chairman would like to thank all the people that were supportive when a critical decision had to be made, and through that support we were able to decide in this way.
“We have now put all these issues behind us, and the technical team led by head coach Steve Komphela, is now busy with the pre-season programme. We are looking forward to a much better season, and with the support of football lovers and everybody else in our city, we are confident of a much more rewarding season.”