Gauteng Premier, Panyaza Lesufi, is on a mission to make his province the hub of South Africa’s biggest sporting events.
Gauteng will host this year’s Nedbank Cup semi-final between Orlando Pirates and Sekhukhune United at the Loftus Versveld Stadium in Tshwane on May 27.
Over the past few years, Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, has been the preferred venue for most of the PSL cup finals.
“Gauteng is ready to host big events, we have the facilities, you can choose whatever facilities you want, whether you take it to Loftus, Orlando Stadium or FNB Stadium,” says the Premier.
“We have those facilities and we also have infrastructure in hospitality that can take almost three million people in Gauteng immediately. You know that in other provinces, when the final is there, the hotels are full and you can’t get proper accommodation.”
Speaking to the media at the Kaizer Chiefs Villiage in Naturena, Lesufi also revealed that an agreement has been reached with the South African Football Association (SAFA) to host all of Bafana Bafana’s qualifiers for big tournaments.
“And for Bafana, we did the same bid, we said all their games must come here and be played next to the townships, just to create interest and I was happy that SAFA agreed to that. All the Bafana qualifying games will be played here in Gauteng.”
Gauteng to host the 2022/23 Nedbank Cup final
— Gauteng Provincial Gov (@GautengProvince) May 3, 2023
Written by: Ntsako Mukhari