Cape clubs scramble at 11th hour
Posted: 1 December 2017 Time: 08:01
Ajax Cape Town have joined neighbours Cape Town City in being forced to stage their next home game outside of the province.
Ajax will now host Chippa United at Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg on December 9 as Athlone Stadium has been deemed unfit for PSL football, while Cape Town Stadium has been booked for the Rugby Sevens World Series event over that weekend.
City coach Benni McCarthy yesterday blasted the City of Cape Town after the Citizens had to take their match on Tuesday against Maritzburg United to Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaZulu-Natal.
Ajax have released a statement, which reads: 'It is with great regret that due to matters beyond our control we as Ajax Cape Town, the premier club in the Mother City, have to move our upcoming home game against Chippa United – scheduled for Saturday 09 December 2017 – to Bidvest Stadium, in Johannesburg.
'The Athlone Stadium authorities have suspended football activities at the facility until further notes & due to the upcoming Sevens Tournament at the iconic Cape Town Stadium – set to take place on 09 & 10 December 2017 – we have been forced to take our home match elsewhere.
'As one can imagine, this is a far from ideal situation and we want to take this opportunity to apologize to the #UrbanWarriors faithful.
'We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Bidvest Wits and Wits University for availing their ground at the eleventh hour for our use. It is highly appreciated.
'Ajax Cape Town would also like to thank the Athlone municipality who went out of their way to accommodate our recent clash against AmaZulu, during the severe drought which has affected millions of people across the Western Cape region.
'Thank you to the fans and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for all your understanding, and apologies once more for any inconvenience caused.'