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‘Royal AM Was Right To Throw Maritzburg Out Of Harry Gwala’

Royal AM was within their rights to ensure that Maritzburg United cannot play at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday because the grass is not at its best at the moment, an inside source told this website.

Maritzburg were barred to play at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday in their first game of the Motsepe Foundation Championship, and that was because Royal AM ordered the Msunduzi Municipality to prevent them from using the premises, even the outside training field where Maritzburg used to train as that will now be used by Royal AM’s DStv Diski Challenge team and the Royal AM Ladies.

The Team of Choice lost their rights from playing at the venue after they failed to beat the Cape Town Spurs in the PSL play-offs and were relegated to the Motsepe Foundation Championship.   

Following these matches as well as the ABC Motsepe League play-offs the pitch was not being relayed, which left it with brown patches and they were evident when Royal AM hosted AmaZulu in the first game of the season. It was also the case when they defeated TS Galaxy 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.   

“The ground is in patches but otherwise we are fine with Maritzburg and there are no issues,” a source told this publication.

“Remember we had ABC Motsepe League play-offs here during the off-season but the grass has not recovered enough. There was no way we were going to allow Maritzburg to play here on Friday when we are playing on Sunday.”  

The Team of Choice found themselves in this situation after their sponsorship with the Msunduzi Municipality was terminated due to their relegation and a new sponsorship of three years worth R27 million has since gone to Royal AM, who are based just eight kilometers away from the City of Choice.   

The situation led to a small cluster of Maritzburg fans, who saw their club play against Milford FC at King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban instead, gathered outside Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday to make their feelings known by asking: “what we have we done to deserve this?”

Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia was not available to comment. 

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.