Spectacular tourney at Mbombela

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 29: SuperSport United Supporters during the Absa Premiership match between SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits at Mbombela Stadium on November 29, 2016 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

The Mpumalanga Spectacular Cup (MSC) set to be played at Mbombela Stadium next week Saturday will offer Absa Premiership table toppers – Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United – an opportunity to keep their players match fit ahead of their last tittle push in the second half of the season.
Also to take part in the second edition of the MSC are National First Division play-off spot chasers Mbombela United and PSL bottom placed Baroka FC.
Both the PSL and NFD are currently on recess due to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, which is expected to get underway on Saturday in Gabon.

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Mthuthuzeli Qamba of Mbombela Stadium management said due to the selling of Aces to Cape Town City, they didn’t manage to host the tournament last season.
“This is an annual event to be hosted as a pre-season tournament yearly. We couldn’t manage to host it last season as we were affected by the rumour of selling Aces status,” said Qamba.
He urged local soccer supporters to show their support towards the event. “As many soccer loving people were complaining that they will miss a month of PSL football action, we as Mbombela Stadium management we are bringing it closer to their door step. We urge our football loving people to rally behind the tournament as our future plan is to grow it to be one ofthe biggest pre-season tournament in the country,” added Qamba.
The first edition of the MSC was last hosted in 2015. Defunct Mpumalanga Black Aces won the inaugural event after coming from behind to draw 1-1 and then beat Platinum Stars 4-1 in penalties. University of Pretoria and Bidvest were the other two participants that year.
The draw for the tournament is expected to be conducted early next week.
Tickets for the game went on sale on Tuesday and are available at Computicket at a price of R40 for adults and R10 for children between the age of two to 12.

Richard Nkosi

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