Bucs to play at Woodburn
Posted: 18 February 2009 Time: 12:10 pm
Maritzburg United will make a small piece of history when they play Orlando Pirates in Pietermaritzburg for the first time in a PSL game at Woodburn Stadium on Wednesday, April 8.
The game was originally set for December at Chatsworth Stadium, but in a clever piece of negotiating following the postponement of that match, United have managed to switch the fixture to Woodburn.
The original game was postponed because it fell four days before Pirates’ Telkom Knockout Cup Final against Ajax Cape Town, which Bucs lost 2-1.
“SuperSport had the screening rights to the game and we said we did not mind having it postponed, but it meant we would play Pirates away on January 14 [United lost 2-1]. Then the return match would be at Woodburn,” United chairman Farouk Kadodia explains to Marc Strydom of the Witness recently.
Kadodia said United were also trying to switch their midweek home matches against Moroka Swallows (February 28) and Wits (May 2) to evening games, now that lights have been installed at Woodburn.
United, who had a morale-boosting 2-1 away victory over AmaZulu in Chatsworth on Saturday, play five of their nine remaining PSL fixtures at Woodburn.
“We want to appeal to our fans to emulate the last matches of the First Division promotion campaign last season, and the NFD Final, and come in numbers to support us in those games,” Kadodia says.