SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews has expressed his frustration with having to leave the Lucas Moripe Stadium following its recent ban by the PSL.
The stadium, located in Atteridgeville, has been banned from hosting CAF and PSL matches due to its failure to meet the required standards, leaving Matthews to search for alternative venues for the club’s upcoming matches.
SuperSport have four remaining home matches this season against; TS Galaxy, AmaZulu, Stellenbosch FC, and Kaizer Chiefs, and will now have to play these games away from their fortress in the 2022-23 season.
Matthews revealed his disappointment at having to leave the venue, where the team is unbeaten in the league this season, recording six wins and four draws. Their most memorable home victory was a 2-1 triumph over Mamelodi Sundowns on September 2, which also happened to be the Brazilians’ last loss in all competitions.
Matthews said, as per Times Live, “It has been coming for a while. The match commissioners’ reports have been quite harsh on Lucas Moripe for the past few months. Apparently, CAF also did not pass it as a suitable stadium, so that’s a problem. We are looking at alternative venues. We are talking to Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and Isak Steyl at Vaal University of Technology as two smaller grounds we can maybe use for our last two smaller games, and then see where we can take the Chiefs game.”
Matthews further added, “I don’t want to move from that venue. I’ve picked up 25 points there in my 11 games, and it has been a strong fortress for us, except for the Nedbank Cup. I didn’t want to leave there, but I also want to play in a stadium that is compliant and satisfies the requirements not only for the PSL but also CAF if we are thinking that in three or four months, we will be playing there.”
SuperSport are currently in pole position to finish second in the DStv Premiership and qualify for the CAF Champions League as they enjoy a five-point lead over both Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, who are third and fourth on the table.
Hence, they will require a suitable venue to host continental matches. Ellis Park Stadium, which has the ability to pull a large crowd, could be one of the options going forward for hosting the Chiefs game.
In conclusion, Matthews added, “I also want to play in a stadium that is compliant and satisfies the requirements not only for the PSL but also CAF if we are thinking that in three or four months, we will be playing there.”