PSL, Nedbank rally Cape Town football lovers
Posted: 18 May 2018 Time: 11:38
Stand-in PSL CEO Mato Madlala has urged the people of Cape Town to come out and get behind the two clubs contesting the Nedbank Cup final this weekend.
Maritzburg United and Free State Stars will do battle in the final clash of the 2017/18 season, with cup honours and a place in the next CAF Confederation Cup competition at stake.
The cup final has for the very first time been scheduled to take place at the iconic Cape Town Stadium this Saturday at 19h00.
With the two finalists having eliminated big guns Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs respectively, it has now proven a challenge to get tickets sold as the two sides have limited support in the Mother City.
However, the PSL have since called on the Cape's football lovers to "adopt" a team in this weekend's showdown, owing to their impressive displays to reach this stage of the competition.
“Fortunately for me, I don’t have to pick between these two quality clubs because they have both played amazing football to be here," said Madlala.
"But there is an opportunity for the people of the Western Cape to adopt a side and rally behind that club on Saturday.
"You have many elements on the day including the fact that you have a Cape Town-born Fadlu Davids coaching in his first cup final, in front of his home crowd. And, you have a Free State Stars side that has shown a lot of guts to travel this far.
"We need to ensure that people come in numbers and fill the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening. We are working closely with both Nedbank and the City of Cape Town to pull all stops ahead of the weekend.”
Nedbank's head of sponsorships and marketing Tobie Badenhorst added: “The Nedbank Cup has, since inception, been a spectacular showcase of the quality of football prevalent in South Africa.
“We have stayed true to our commitment to take the Nedbank Cup final to the various 2010 FIFA World Cup venues for all to experience the fan fair and excitement that goes with this tournament.
"We call on all Capetonians to come out on Saturday and support domestic football.”