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Why Kaizer Chiefs took Nedbank Cup clash with Baroka to Port Elizabeth

17:19 EAT 23/03/2018
Vina Maphosa, Kaizer Chiefs
Amakhosi have explained the reason behind taking their Nedbank Cup quarterfinal match with Baroka to the Eastern Cape

As the Premier Soccer League has just announced the venues and dates for the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal matches, Kaizer Chiefs have expressed delight after taking their game to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The PSL announced on Wednesday that Amakhosi will host Baroka FC in Port Elizabeth as both teams hope to reach the semi-finals.

Although the two PSL clubs have met twice already in the league, Steve Komphela’s men have bagged one win at the Peter Mokaba Stadium while Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele claimed the other one at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

However, speaking to Goal , Chiefs corporate communications manager Vina Maphosa said they want to beat the Limpopo side and that they are pleased to see the game taken to the people of the Eastern Cape.

“It’s our duty to prepare for the match because the PSL has released all the venues, times and dates for the clashes,” Maphosa told Goal .

“We are happy as a club because we suggested to the league about taking our game there, to the people of Eastern Cape. Tthe PSL granted us our wish and we are happy. Yes, we always command big crowds in our games and we will ensure that we prepare to make the supporters happy,” he continued.

When asked about why they suggested the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Maphosa said it was not because of the pitch although the venue has one of the best pitches in the country.

He added that they also have an immaculate pitch at the FNB Stadium, but their thinking was for the supporters and taking the game to the people.

“We are happy and content with the pitch at the FNB - it’s also in a top notch condition, but the thinking was to take the game to the people of the Eastern Cape,” he reacted. .

“For us, that was not the criteria we used (the quality of the pitch), but the PSL obviously looks at technical issues such as safety and so on – ours is to take the games to the people, especially the brand of Kaizer Chiefs to different provinces,” he said.

“Our ambitions are always standard as a club, it is not about game by game or competition by competition, but because we are a winning team, we want to win this one (Nedbank Cup trophy) as well,” continued Maphosa.

“Obviously the position we are at is uncharacteristic of Kaizer Chiefs and we do see this match as a special event because we always want to lift trophies,” he explained.

“We just want to win trophies and the supporters must get their tickets on time, wear their gold and black. It will be a perfect vibe in Port Elizabeth, a great Easter weekend and we will make sure we win the match to ensure the supporters are happy after the match,” concluded the Amakhosi official.

Meanwhile, the clash in Port Elizabeth will be staged on Saturday night on March 31 at 20:15 as both sides chase a spot in the semi-finals.