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SAB league delayed due to stadium headache

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Stadia around Kimberley will be not be available as the venues have been booked by other agencies for that period.

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Safa Frances Baard regional secretary Ponatshego Mondela announced yesterday that the association has had to postpone the start of second half of the league season due to the unavailability of suitable stadia.

Football in Safa’s Frances Baard SAB league will therefore only resume in the last week of January owing to the non-availability of stadia as well as the review initiated to check the monthly cost of the facility rentals from the Sol Plaatje local authority.

According to Mondela the league will now restart on January 26 and 27. The statement further explained that the regional league was also in the process of reviewing their lease of municipal stadia such as the Galeshewe Stadium because of the costs involved.

The statement said the regional league was in the process of evaluating several clay surface grounds around Galeshewe, Colville, Floors, Greenpoint and Roodepan on which they hoped to stage the remainder of the season’s games.

Mondela explained that stadia around Kimberley will be not be available as the venues have been booked by other agencies for that period.

As regards the lease of the Galeshewe Stadium, Mondela and Safa first vice-president MJ Mathe had last year on separate occasions indicated that Safa would review its lease of the stadium because of the costs involved.

The DFA had independently established that last year Safa had paid an amount of R12 000 for the use of the Galeshewe Stadium to host the Sasol national Women’s League play-off for the whole week. A highly placed Safa source had indicated that the Safa Frances Baard region had to foot the bill to host that tournament from their own coffers.

The average monthly rental of a stadium around Kimberley is about R1 500 excluding a refundable deposit and costs for overheads such as water, electricity, Internet and telephone use.

The development regarding clay surface grounds was not altogether new.

At present all the provincial Sasol Women’s League games are played on clay surfaces which are proffered to the league by the respective clubs as their home bases.

Mondela’s said that the league will in some cases in the near future host double-headed fixtures where possible to make up for the time lost during the postponement.