Why Wits will take Pirates out of town


Bidvest Wits have decided to take their upcoming fixture against Orlando Pirates away from the Bidvest Stadium, and the club have offered an explanation why.

Wits are set to take their fixture at home to Pirates, which is scheduled for 21 September, to Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium, who on Tuesday confirmed this development.

It is the first time The Clever Boys take an opponent elsewhere, despite frequent calls from supporters of the 'big three' to do so due to the limitations of the 5000-seater.

However, The Buccaneers faithful have now got their wish, though perhaps not entirely in their favour given that the clash will now require the Johannesburg-based supporters to travel nearly 600km.

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A reason for the relocation has since been explained by Wits director of football Roy Limongelli, who also detailed the reason behind it going as far as KwaZulu-Natal.

"There are some renovations that have to be done at Bidvest Stadium before we can host the big teams there. Smaller crowds are okay, but renovations have to be done for bigger crowds," Limongelli explained to KickOff.com.

"The renovations haven't been done as yet, so until that is sorted we can't play any of Sundowns, Pirates or Chiefs there. We did put it out there [that Wits needed a new venue] and Moses Mabhida Stadium gave us the best option."

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