Although the Durban Stadium can accommodate more than 50,000 fans, only 22,000 tickets were made available for the clash.
Usuthu PRO, Philani Mabaso, told KickOff.com it is the biggest crowd they have had, at least in the last three seasons.
“It is exciting. I mean selling out the tickets five days before the
game. We took a decision to put out only 22,000 tickets because it is
the first game there, which means we have to look at the issue of
safety and making sure we do it right the first time,” Mabaso said.
“Even when we have played Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, we have
never had such a big crowd at home. The highest we got against Pirates
in the last three seasons was 11,000 and Chiefs it was 15,000,” he
“The only time we sold out was when we played our first game in Ulundi
Stadium last season against Free State Stars, which only takes 8,000,
and they only had 300 to our 7,700, so it shows that people in this
province love football. Being a part of the first ever game at Moses
Mabhida motivates them too,” Mabaso said.
“It is so exciting that even our game against Platinum Stars today at Chatsworth has been forgotten,” he added.