“We are honoured to once again be invited to play in the Macufe Cup,” said football manager Bobby Motaung, “it’s all about bringing the much-needed social cohesion for the people. We need some time off the mainstream football to entertain people in a celebratory atmosphere.”
Kaizer Chiefs will take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the annual iTau Macufe Cup on Sunday, 13 October.
The friendly match was launched on Friday morning at a function held at Naval Hill in Bloemfontein.
“We will use this invitation fruitfully as an opportunity to keep the players sharp,” revealed Motaung. “This is also an opportunity for some of the players to get a run. We have a solid squad to compete in any event.”
The match is played in the FIFA International break. Motaung elaborated their intentions, “The coach is still working on some combinations for consistency. Some players have not had a chance to play. It is still early in the season with only 8 matches played in the league. This means we are still in the preparation phase for the long journey in the league. Most importantly we will use this game as a way to minimise the effects of the FIFA break on the momentum of the team.”
The match will take place as closure of the 10-day long Mangaung African Cultural Festival. The venue for the match against Celtic is the Free State Stadium, kicking off at 15:00.
MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreational Ms LP Mahasa welcomed the participation of Chiefs in the Macufe festivities by saying: “We are happy to have both teams taking part in Macufe – in particular Chiefs with their supporter base will bring the much-needed injection in the economy of the Free State. But we would like the Cup to remain in the City of Roses.”
Tickets are on sale at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets nationwide at a price tag of R50.