Mbombela offer explanation for bad pitch

Mbombela Stadium Manager Roelf Kotze says the reason the pitch has been unplayable is because of extreme bad weather

Posted: 31 January 2013 Time: 10:25 am

Mbombela Stadium Manager Roelf Kotze says the reason the pitch has been unplayable is because of extreme bad weather conditions in the area recently.

Located in Nelspruit, the stadium is in the spotlight after teams that played there during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations group stages slammed the "sandy" pitch.

Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor had some strong words last night on the state of the pitch, saying: "To be honest with you I'm very sorry but it's a disgrace for our continent to be playing on this pitch when it's on TV around the world."

READ: Adebayor: Mbombela pitch a disgrace for Africa

KickOff.com contacted Kotze, who explained why the pitch is in a shocking state.

"We had 250 mm of rain on December 28 so there was an algae outbreak which is difficult to control chemically. Now, the problem is you can't treat that drastically with chemicals because you don't want to kill your grass," he says.

"So they had to use other methods by first of all mechanically trying to remove some of the algae by raking the pitch and secondly, by placing loose sand on the pitch so that dries off the algae. But just after that they had another 250 mm of rain so that made it 500 mm of rain over a short period. All of that contributed to the outbreak of algae," he says.

"So now the main concern that the players had after playing here was because of the loose sand on the pitch and the reason the sand was there was to try to contain the algae.

"So what has happened is that last night after the match [Togo vs. Tunisia], all the loose sand has been manually removed from the pitch to expose the grass up to the normal level," Kotze continues.

The next match at the stadium will be Togo against Burkina Faso on February 3 in the quarterfinals and Kotze has allayed fears that the pitch may still be unplayable.

"We are confident that [removing the sand] will strengthen the grass… They didn't have much time to do this because we had double headers, but because of the break now the pitch manager will now be able to present a much better pitch by Saturday.

"It is the same company that always works on the pitch and they are doing the best they can under the circumstances," he adds.

Article by: Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Previous comments on this story...

Clever boys
posted: 10:30 am
We don't need any ecxuses move the game away please.
Elite
posted: 10:33 am
Thanks for the explanation, but don't the stadium have drainage system to channel rain water like other stadiums, in Dbn we had 300mm rain and the stadium remained in good condition. Now I suspect that some of the features in these stadiums are just a saying, only to be tested to see they are not there. Drainage system is a must to every world class stadium.
andy_bucs
posted: 10:34 am
Move the game to another stadium please....
Double Treble Champ-Marapo
posted: 10:38 am
But Adebayor should tell his European gayfrands to stop calling us names, we are not their animals. It is bulldung to say we are playing in the bush.
Shabba24
posted: 10:38 am
Peter Mokaba Stadium pls
Swahombe
posted: 10:39 am
You should have let them play on the algae. Anyway thanks for removing the sand
Guilty
posted: 10:40 am
move it to Peter Mokaba
benwalebucs
posted: 10:40 am
Is mbombela the only stadium in S.A? If the answer is NO, then y cnt u change d venue n bring the game to PeterMokaba stadium? Ohh nw I cn c dat this all abt generating money not for the beauty of playin futbal, this is a disgrace to our nation,especialy with greedy leaders,I pause.
Swahombe
posted: 10:42 am
Guys games cant be moved to another stadium. Municipalities bid and won right to host the AFCON, other cities not hosting is because they didnt make it. SO stop with your Peter Mokaba, Orlando etc. suggestions.
Thobzin
posted: 10:45 am
Move the game to another stadium period! the pitch is a total disgrace,if its that bad on TV i wonder how its looks live.
-Cl!ck-
posted: 10:50 am
Move it to Kaizer Chiefs' slaughter house.. Peter Mokaba!
... joe banana.....
posted: 10:53 am
come on pierats fans, blame the breakage of algae on bobby.........
Swahombe
posted: 10:53 am
Nxaa South Africans ... I give up. How do these people even have access to internet and still so ignorant and dumb. Sies man
Mnune
posted: 10:54 am
First security issuesand now the pitch thingy.
Adebayor just shouldn't have came here.
Matjiu
posted: 10:54 am
stop Kortz stop excuses and give solution we wnt to c carpet soccer.
-Cl!ck-
posted: 10:56 am
Swahombe
Nxaa South Africans ... I give up. How do these people even have access to internet and still so ignorant and dumb. Sies man
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You sound like the gorundsman of Mbombela on your Oros and half-brown lunch break..
kenkaba
posted: 10:57 am
Swahombe, apartheid messed up their minds. Most of them have no passports even, not even been to lesotho whichnis surrounded by SA. With that kind of barbed wire mentality, what do u expect??
... joe banana.....
posted: 10:58 am
Swahombe

posted: 10:42 am | Report

Guys games cant be moved to another stadium. Municipalities bid and won right to host the AFCON, other cities not hosting is because they didnt make it. SO stop with your Peter Mokaba, Orlando etc. suggestions.
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thats the thing with us soccer fans, we so like to comment we end commenting and suggesting on things we know nothing about. even after you posted this message, people will still suggest moving games
Zakescentovich
posted: 10:58 am
Bombela pitch not gud at all but stadium world class
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 10:58 am
Move remaining games to Kaizer Chiefs stadium in Krugersdorb
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