Pitso sends Chloorkop staff to Dobsonville

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has requested the club’s groundsmen to move their equipment from Chloorkop to Dobsonville Stadium ahead of the PSL re-start.

Sundowns are set to host Orlando Pirates at the Dobsonville Stadium next Tuesday after being handed the venue as their new home ground within the Gauteng bio-bubble for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

Mosimane has revealed that they have already sent their own staff to start looking after the grounds in order to ensure they enjoy their desired pitch conditions.

"Ja, I have sent my people there – the people who look after Chloorkop pitches and all that. I told them their office is no longer at Chloorkop, their new office is at the Dobsonville Stadium," said Mosimane.

"They must be there 9am-5pm and help the groundsmen make sure the pitch is ready and in proper condition because we have been given a venue to play and you can’t be putting excuses or passing the buck on anybody else.

"You know where you will be playing, so you must look after your pitch. I asked if we could put the lawnmowers and the trucks that cut the grass and take everything to Dobsonville.

"They said ‘Coach, you cannot leave the equipment in the township, because we are playing in the township, we are not playing Ellis Park or FNB Stadium."

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He added: "The draw said we must go there in the township, and there are challenges in the township – you know the story. I grew up in the township.

"There are challenges [of crime] there and you have to make sure everything is right, but I don’t think the pitch is very bad. I saw the images.

"[Bidvest] Wits were playing there [in the CAF Confederation Cup], it’s the same place that we are playing at, so we should not complain a lot because Wits was playing there."

Mamelodi Sundowns are expected to move into the Gauteng bio-bubble on Friday after initially setting up camp in Rustenburg for past few weeks.

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