Unsuitable venue forces Galaxy change


TS Galaxy owner Tim Sukazi has revealed the venue for their CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round encounter against St Louis FC.

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The National First Division side from Mpumalanga will host the team from Seychelles at Mbombela Stadium on August 9.

There were concerns from the club’s supporters in Mpumalanga when it was recently revealed that Galaxy would host their matches outside the province if CAF the Kameelrivier Stadium unsuitable.

Galaxy qualified for the Confederation Cup after beating Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup final.

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"Unfortunately our home stadium is not CAF compliant," Sukazi tells KickOff.com.

"So in order for Kameelrivier Stadium to host CAF matches, it must comply to CAF standards, and at the moment it is not the case. So it is not our duty as a club, but a duty of the municipality to uplift the stadium, and do all what is necessary. Since last year we have been given the list of what needs to be done by the municipality at the stadium, so that it can improve to meet PSL standards, let alone CAF standards which are even higher.

But then the good thing is that our supporters do understand the challenge that we are faced with. By the way they will go in their numbers to Mbombela Stadium. We will paint Mbombela Stadium red when we play our CAF matches there. Mbombela Stadium by the way is the only CAF compliance stadium in the province, and one of the few in the country and it is in Mpumalanga. So we are not lost playing in Mbombela."

On Sunday the Nedbank Champions were voted as the Team of the Year in the Mpumalanga Sports Awards, and also received the MEC's Special Award.

"The recognition that we got from the province serves as a motivation for the club," Sukazi says.

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"It's the recognition of the hardwork that we have put so far as a collective. But then of course it doesn't mean that our journey and ambition ends here. We still have a lot ahead of us, and we are now gonna be more motivated to work even harder to accomplish more."