Black Leopards, Chippa United look to change home venue for second half of the PSL season

Premier Soccer League clubs Black Leopards and Chippa United are hoping to be allowed to change home grounds for the second half of the season, which kicks off in February

Both PSL clubs want to go back to the venues where they first rose to prominence and where they are closest to supporters, having been forced in recent times to change to better facilities because of stricter standards set by the league.

Leopards are unable to return to their home ground at Thohoyandou, which is now in a state of disrepair, but will move several of their upcoming matches from the cavernous Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane to Giyani, where the smaller venue will allow a better atmosphere.

Chippa United owner Siviwe Mpengesi has paid for new floodlights to be put in at the Philippi Stadium so that his team can return to their fortress in the township for the second half of the season.

The lack of requisite power in the floodlights saw the Premier Soccer League ban the new boys from using the venue since they won promotion to the top flight in June.

The majority of their matches have been fixtured for night time kick offs which has led to a refurbishment of the floodlights at Philippi, which is costing Mpengesi some R2-million out of his own pocket. He has a 20-year lease on the stadium. The work will be done next month.

Athlone Stadium did not prove popular with Chippa’s followers because it is too far away and too expensive for fans to travel to.