The Premier Soccer League has classified the coming Bob Save Super Bowl quarterfinal matches as ‘high risk’ following last Wednesday’s stampede at Ellis Park, which left 43 supporters dead.
PSL spokesperson Andrew Dipela said on Tuesday the league would be involved with security logistics and ticket sales for the Super Bowl matches.
According to PSL rules, home teams are responsible for the security and ticket sales but Dipela said the league had decided to step in to avoid any potential disaster.
“We have to work hand in hand with the home teams in this instance,” said Dipela. “All these matches are crucial and we are not taking any chances.”
Only two Super Bowl matches will take place this weekend. First division side Maritzburg City host Santos at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday. City are a major crowd attraction when playing at home and the PSL assistance could come handy.
The Maritzburg side, with no fewer than five Kaizer Chiefs players on their list, are this year’s surprise package after going all the way to the quarterfinals. They beat Premier division side Ajax Cape Town in the first round and recorded a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Real Rangers in the last 16.
On Sunday all roads lead to Loftus, Pretoria, for the match between three-time league champions Sundowns and rejuvenated Manning Rangers.
The Brazilians are without a coach following the sudden disappearance of Paul Dolezar. Assistant Neil Tovey has been in charge and managed to score a convincing 2-0 away victory against Costa Do Sol of Mozambique in the Champions League over the weekend.
But the bad news for the Pretoria side is that Rangers seem to have rediscovered their old magic touch in a five-match unbeaten run in the league under the leadership of Sheppard Murape.
Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will play their matches only next Tuesday following a postponement by the league to allow the two clubs time to bury their supporters, who died in the Ellis Park incident.
Chiefs travel to Free State for a date with Bloemfontein Celtic. The match between Pirates and Moroka Swallows, initially scheduled for the Rand Stadium, has been moved to FNB Stadium.
Saturday, April 21:
At Harry Gwala Stadium: Maritzburg City v Santos – 15:00
Sunday, April 22:
At Loftus: Sundowns v Manning Rangers – 15:00
Tuesday, April 24:
At Free State Rugby Stadium: Bloemfontein Celtic v Kaizer Chiefs – 20:00
FNB Stadium: Moroka Swallows v Orlando Pirates – 20:00