Polokwane City confirmed in Premiership
Posted: 26 July 2013 Time: 07:03
The finalization of the arbitration matter in which appeals by Thanda Royal Zulu and Chippa United were dismissed has paved way for the Premiership to welcome yet another new baby for the second year running with Polokwane City now confirmed as the brand new addition to the top flight football family.
Polokwane City – who will become the only Premiership club from Limpopo Province – become the 35th club to have a dance with top flight football since the start of the PSL in 1996 and the second new kid on the block for the second year running after Chippa United last season.
City joins Real Rovers, Ria Stars, Dynamos, Black Leopards and Silver Stars amongst the clubs to have had their roots up North though the later went on to change names to Platinum Stars and move base to the North West.
With their confirmation now confirmed City will also be hoping that they don’t make their stay in the Premiership temporary as the new teams are notorious for not lasting long as evidenced by Chippa and Vasco da Gama in recent years.
City will also be hoping that they stay up longer than the one season that Bay United – from whom they acquired this particular franchise from in 2010 – managed when they were quickly in and out the same season in 2008/09.
Not only do City arrive as the new babies they are also led by a Premiership debutant coach in Duncan Lechesa who retired from playing just three-years ago and took the Limpopo to promotion in fairytale fashion within six months of taking over.
Bareng Kgobi, the technical director at the club confirms that they will be retaining Lechesa but have nine players who have already left either because their contracts had expired or due to desire to get game time elsewhere.
City will also make big announcements next week regarding unveiling new players, team bus and the technical sponsor for their campaign this season.