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Witbank Spurs boss Freddy Mapulane hits out at Galaxy owner Tim Sukazi over use of Kameelrivier Stadium

Posted: 22 June 2018 Time: 10:15

Witbank Spurs CEO Freddy Mapulane has come out strongly against National First Division newcomers TS Galaxy owner Tim Sukazi, accusing him of refusing to share a home ground with them.

According to Mapulane the Dr JS Moroka Municipality approached the Emalahleni-based side last year asking them to play some of their games at Kameelrivier Stadium, which is situated in the former KwaNdebele area in Mpumalanga.

Sukazi recently formed Galaxy after purchasing the status of Cape Town All Stars.

"There is a stadium in Kameelrivier, we were approached by the municipality last year to use this facility as there's no one using it," Mapulane tells KickOff.com.

"We agreed to that, we called the league and the league went there to inspect the stadium. They even told us which areas of the stadium that still needs fixing for us to be allowed to use the venue. Remember we were using Puma Rugby Stadium [in Witbank] but the league's requirements demands that you must register two home stadiums as an alternative. So we wanted to register Kameelrivier as an alternative by that time.

"So now the problem comes because Tim has bought a NFD status, and where was TS Galaxy playing all along? In Vaalbank. So now Tim knows that we were busy with preparations of playing at Kameelrivier, and now he also wants to play in Kameelrivier. So he approaches the municipality, and they tell him, 'no if you want to play in Kameelrivier, you must go via Spurs because we already have an agreement with Spurs that they will play other games here because they have used their money in some of the developments that were done in this stadium. So we must involve them. As a municipality we will call a meeting then talk about this thing'.

"Then Tim refused on that meeting saying he can't sit in the same room with Spurs. Okay, fair and fine the meeting took place [earlier this week] and the mayor told us that what TS Galaxy did it's an insult to him. As Spurs we don't have a problem in sharing the stadium, because we don't own a stadium, the stadium belongs to the municipality.

"In Venda there were two teams sharing one stadium, and one is promoted. So why can't we do the same? Because we are doing this for the community. So [earlier in the week] in their Facebook page they are arranging marches telling the community saying that they must boycott Spurs not to come and bring games there. And we have never spoken to Tim but we don't have a problem, and where they are training now at Puma Stadium, it's us who gave him that field to train for free. We are sharing with him a field. We are not leaving Puma Stadium but we need to use the stadium as an alternative venue.

"So far the only municipality who responded positive is the one from Kameelrivier. We tried the Solomon Mahlangu Stadium [in KwaMhlanga]. We've tried Themba Senamela Stadium [in Middelburg] of which they are still busy installing a fence. As a team from Mpumalanga we want to keep the team in the province as they are doing in Nelspruit."

Contacted for a response, Sukazi said: "There's no issue from TS Galaxy FC's side. We are the ones who brought professional football in the KwaNdebele communities when there was no club interested in those communities for many years. There was not even an ABC Motsepe League club there until we started playing there in 2016. All we hoping for is for the Dr JS Moroka to recognise that.

"Most importantly they must respond to the list of football stadium compliance requirements that we gave to them because if they fail us on these then the people of KwaNdebele will not have the opportunity to watch professional football against all our wishes."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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