All Premier Soccer League matches sheduled this weekend have been indefinitely postponed in the wake of Wednesday’s stampede tradegy at Ellis Park Stadium.
Sunday’s Mandela Cup first-round second-leg fixture between Kaizer
Chiefs and Tamponnaise of Reunion — pencilled in for Ellis Park —
has also been called off until further notice.
However, the Vodacom Cup rugby match between the Lions, whose home
ground is Ellis Park, and Western Province will go ahead at 3pm on
Andrew Dipela, PSL spokesman, on Thursday confirmed the
postponements after the PSL met with officials from the South
African Football Association, representatives from Orlando Pirates
FC and Kaizer Chiefs, the Ellis Park stadium management and Gauteng
Police Commissioner Sharma Maharaj.
Sports Minister Ncgonde Balfour did not attend meeting as he was in
East London. He was represented by Graham Abrahams until his
arrival shortly after 12.30pm.
Balfour was scheduled to address the media.
Two boys were among 43 people killed in a stampede at the stadium
when about 60000 eager soccer fans tried to storm their way into
the capacity-filled 65000-seater to watch a league match between
Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
Postponed PSL matches:
Saturday: Free State Stars v Bush Bucks, Classic v Golden Arrows;
Sunday: Moroka Swallows v Supersport, African Wanderers v Hellenic,
Jomo Cosmos v Orlando Pirates.