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Gallants Clarify Bloemfontein Move

Marumo Gallants Chairman Dr. Abram Sello has explained why they’ve opted to move to Bloemfontein as their home venue this season.

Gallants who will be campaigning in the Motsepe Foundation Championship confirmed their home games will be played in Free State this season.

However, in the interim, while the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium is under maintenance to meet the standards of the Premier Soccer League, they will be using The Vaal University of Technology’s (VUT) Isak Steyl Stadium to start the new season.

Gallants, who reached the last four of the CAF Confederation Cup last season, were welcomed warmly by the former supporters of Bloemfontein Celtic at the venue last season as currently there’s no professional football team in the entire region.

And Sello admits the treatment from the public and the Mangaung Municipality, made it a no-brainer to continue the collaboration into the new season.

“The main thing as club, football has been there for donkey years, we want to take football to the people,” Sello told iDiski Times.

“We started in Limpopo, took it to North West too, we want to take football to the people and then there are people who play a role in supporting us back…

“Even the leadership in the province are supporting us back. So that’s why we [made the decision], they’re collaborating with us, they accept us, so we’ll stay with them.

“It’s not to say we’ve dumped those who supported us for the past season. No, we will keep them, then for the new friendship, we’ll try and grow it as well, we see potential.”

Bahlabane Ba Ntwa open up their season against Casric Stars on the 27 August at the Solomon Mahlangu Stadium.

Marumo Gallants celebrating their 2nd goal during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Marumo Gallants FC and Royal AM held at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on 05 April 2023 ©Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.