DURBAN'S ABSA STADIUM SET TO HOST TELKOM CUP FINAL

South Africa’s Premier Soccer League has announced Absa Stadium will host the final of the Telkom Knockout Cup on Saturday.

The 55,000 capacity stadium in Durban will host the prestigious match between Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs as the new venues for the FIFA 2010 World Cup are not yet ready.

Premier Soccer League CEO, Kjetil Siem, confirmed the host stadium shortly after the Telkom Knockout semi-final between Orlando Pirates and Chiefs on Monday and said: “We explored all our options before coming up with this venue.

“We would have loved to have taken the final to a World Cup venue, but due to maintenance on the pitches, this was proving to be a challenge.

“Nevertheless, Durban have always proven to be good hosts and we expect a great final.”

ABSA Stadium first opened in 1891 and is used for both ruby and football. It was extensively renovated in the 1990s but was not considered as a possible venue for the World Cup in June.

Nakedi Chiloane, Telkom Sponsorship Manager told the PSL website: “We are delighted that the 2010 Telkom Knockout has delivered such special moments, and that the finalists are worthy contenders for the title.

“Furthermore, playing the final in Durban, gives us an ideal platform to stage a truly memorable event.”

Posted on 06/04/2010