31 January Chippa United & Mamelodi Sundowns Go Head to Head January 31, 2017 By Anga Mtongana Latest News 0 Buffalo City Metro will be hosting a soccer match between Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium at 19:30, 14 February. Tickets are available at all Ticket Pro Outlets, including 1. CNA - Hemingways Mall & Vincent Park 2. Egdars - Hemingways & Oxford Street 3. Edgars Active - Hemingways, Mdantsane City & East London (opposite Rhino Cash & Carry) 4. Edgars Connect - Mdantsane City 5. Jet Stores - Hemingways, East London & Mdantsane 6. Jet Mart - Saxon Street & East London 7. PostNet - Beacon Bay & Vincent. Adults - R40.00 Children (12 years & under) R20.00 Gates will be opened three hours before Kickoff. Go and Get Yours Related Mdantsane shows great support for Chippa Last year, a partnership between Buffalo City Metro and Chippa United football club was formed to bring top flight football into the City after years of not hosting football matches of Premier Soccer League calibre. This has reinvigorated the love of football in the city and has brought much needed recognition for both the City and Mdantsane. Chillie Boys, as the team is popularly known, entered into a deal with the City to bring five football matches to Buffalo City. However, the team has already played two of the matches against Highlands Park in December last year which they won by two goals to nil and played a one all draw against the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and African Champions Mamelodi Sundowns in scintillating game despite the heavy pitch on 14 February. Other PSL clubs to descend to BCM shores are Golden Arrows on the 24 of February, Ajax Cape Town in March 15 and Bidvest Wits on the 6th of May all matches schedule for Sisa Dukashe Stadium. Leading into the game against Sundowns, the BCM Executive Mayor Xola Pakati welcomed the champions to the Metro by honouring the team on their achievement in the African continent. Speaking at the gala dinner held in Hemmingways, Pakati said,” We are here to celebrate with you the achievements that put our country on the continental map in the history of football.” The Chloorkop side won the Africa team of the year and their Head Coach Pitso Mosimane was awarded with the accolade of coach of the year in Africa. Pakati said ,”Your awards were not just compliments for job well done but a beacon of hope that all South Africans can be proud of, there for it feels me with pride to welcome and host the giants of African in Buffalo City.” Giving a reply Mosimane said he was humbled and honour by the gesture the City shown to him and his players. “This came as a surprise but it is always good to show humility when people with influence in the community say inspiring word about me.” “I am humbled and honoured to be acknowledged and be recognised by the municipality. We are grateful of the environment that has been created for us.” On the same week a supporter branch for the Greater East London was launched at the East London City Hall. Chippa United Head of Marketing and Communications Luthando ‘Trompies’ Zibeko said; “The launch of the Supporters Club here in East London is in line with our growth strategy, our theme for the season, Season of Growth. Chippa United is currently the fasted growing football brand in South Africa and we have to create an environment for the Club to launch more branches. The Greater East London Branch covers fans from Engcobo, Tsomo, Queenstown, Butterworth, Ngqamakwe, King Williams Town and Alice and fans can get hold of Chairperson, Bafo Nweba on 072 371 3858 or 078 156 0785 to enquire about membership. Tickets for all the games are available at Ticket Pro, Edgars, Jet and Jekwa Service Station for R40. Chilli Boys to put the Metro on the spotlight Chippa United will host Ajax Cape Town at the Buffalo City Stadium on Sunday 24 January. The City together with the Chippa United management met in December to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enter into a partnership that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) team will have some of their matches played at the Buffalo City Stadium The MoU was signed by the Metro’s Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi and the owner of Chippa United Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi. The planned games are set to boost the economy and the tourism of the City as people will travel to come watch the game after being starved of quality football for so many years. Despite the challenges the Metro faced with the stadium not being ready for the initial proposed match in December, the City worked hard to achieve the green flag so that the January match can be played at the Buffalo City Stadium. The City had challenges to meet the required standards for PSL games including the pitch, ablution facilities and the entrance. Those issues have however been fixed as the City received a confirmation letter from the PSL giving a go ahead for the change of venue from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to Buffalo City stadium to host the game on Sunday. The approval will also see the Metro host three scintillating fixtures of Chippa United in February, March and in May. The Chilli Boys as the Eastern Cape outfit is affectionately known will play Jomo Cosmos on February 6, play against Maritzburg United on March 19 and against the Soweto giants Orlando Pirates on Wednesday May 11. Speaking at a Media Briefing on Monday 18 January at Absa Stadium at 12.30 noon Chippa United COO Lukhanyo Mzinzi said that the soccer team is set to make East London as their second home. “We are looking forward to playing every season for the next 20 years in this field. This is a dream come true for us and we are planning to make East London our second home.” Adding to that Mtsi said, “As a City we are not planning to take away the team from our counterparts in Nelson Mandela Bay but we also want to assure the team that we are capable of giving them a state of the art field and make this partnership something to be proud of.” The City together with the Chill Boys will donate funds to one of the Metro’s disadvantaged organisations. Tickets for the game will be available at Computicket at R40 for adults and R10 for children. Buffalo City and the Chilli Boys are ready The PSL game will be a one of kind first ever game to be played at the stadium in the evening as well as hosting the tough champions. Addressing the media at the EL City Hall boardroom Pakati said, “As you are all aware that BCMM is in partnership with Chippa United football club and that tomorrow we are hosting the match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa is within the context of that partnership. “For tomorrow’s game it is all systems go as we have met our end of the bargain in terms of insuring that the stadium meets the PSL requirements.” Pakati also spoke on how the partnership came about, “We noticed that there were no PSL games being played in Buffalo City for a long time. We then decided to engage in conversations with the club to bring some games to this side of the province. We all agreed and the rest is just history,” he added. The match will help boost the Metro’s economy tremendously especially given the high importance of the game. The games are going to be very economically viable for the City. “Remember that when people will come here they will pour petrol into their cars and some will sleep over in the hotels and beds and breakfast. So it will be a great spin off particularly in the hospitality sector,” added Pakati. COO for Chippa United football club Lukhanyo Mzinzi said, “We have prepared for the game ever since we took the decision together with the City last year. This showed how much we took seriously the partnership we have with the City.” He added the club will also play good quality PSL matches in Mdantsane. “Following this match we will have Golden Arrows followed by the current champions of the MTN League which is Wits,” said Mzinzi. He further added that the City has played a big role in terms of marketing the club as a result the team have seen their support grow bigger in each visit. Mazinzi describes the Metro as their hunting ground as they don’t waste any points when they play in Buffalo City. In culminating the briefing Pakati emphasized on safety security and said that the Metro’s Law Enforcement together with Environmental Services will be working with the South African Police Services (SAPS) to ensure the fans protection as a number one priority. New BCM leadership sworn in The Executive Mayor Xola Pakati and his deputy Zoliswa Matana, who is the first woman to take the position in BCM, were introduced to the Council together with the Speaker of Council Alfred Mtsi and Chief Whip Mzwandile Vaaiboom. The hall was filled up to its capacity with more people outside eager to get inside to witness their leaders being sworn in. Addressing the Council for the first time as the speaker Mtsi thanked the people of Buffalo City for giving the ruling party another chance “to carry on the mandate from where they left off in the past term of office.” Mtsi also announced the members of the mayoral executive committee, which are Ncedo Kumbanca as head of engineering and infrastructure, Ayanda Myute as head of health and public safety, Xolani Witbooi as head of special programmes, Pumla Nazo-Makathala as head of development, Nontsikelelo Peter as head of Finance, Nozandile Mhlola as head of Human Settlements, Helen Neale-May as head of Community Services, Mawethu Marata as portfolio head for Local Economic Development and Sindile Toni as head of Corporate Services. Giving his remarks, Pakati said the elected representatives should serve the citizens of the Metro regardless of their political affiliation. “As elected representatives, we therefore occupy the positions we occupy by virtue of the trust bestowed upon us by the people for no other purpose but to serve the people. Regardless of our political affiliation, all of us would, I am certain be agreed, that “more and more rural communities [must] benefit from investments in basic services (water, electricity, sanitation and roads) and empowered to end hunger by productively using the available or redistributed land.” Pakati said there must be robust discussions between community and their leaders about the value of investments and protecting infrastructure. “At the same time, we must also engage with our people in a sustained discussion about the need to value the investments they make in such areas as may include public property and other amenities. Simply put, no one benefits out of the destruction of public property during public protests to register grievances, however legitimate these might be.” BCM commemorates Mandela Day The day kicked off with the Speaker of Council Alfred Mtsi together with Portfolio Head for Community Services Helen Neale-May and BCM officials dedicated their 67 minutes for the late President Nelson Mandela by cleaning up the streets of Duncan Village, East London Zoo, North End Stadium and Oriental Plaza. Chippa United Football Club in collaboration with Buffalo City Metro handed over 67 blankets at Masizakhe Children’s Home in Mdantsane and 67 books at the Mdantsane Public Library in NU 2. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Portfolio Head for Special Programmes Xolani Witbooi said, “This gesture goes beyond just this day, as leaders of the Metro we will make sure that we do all we can to bring hope to the children of our city. We will continue to work with Masizakhe to ensure that the children here are provided for and they get everything they need to become responsible adults that then plough back into such places.” Adding to that, Chippa United’s Head of Marketing and Communication Luthando Zibeko said, “We as Chippa United have very strong ties to this Metro, we want to show love and support to the children of this city. This is also a symbol of our gratitude for the support this Metro has shown us over the past football season.” Zibeko also encouraged the children to take education seriously and reminded them that they could become anything they put their minds to. Business opportunity for Vendors at the stadium Since the Premier Soccer League (PSL) team Chippa United moved some of its fixtures to the Metro small businesses near the stadium and vendors will be able to make quick profit as large numbers of football fans attend the games. Business Development Manager at the BCMM Local Economic Development (LED) Xolelwa Majiza said that only ten vendors are selected per game and that the selection is done on a first come first serve basis. However, she said vendors need to understand that there are no guarantees that one will get space as the number is limited. “The selection process will be done through the Business Support Centers and the number of vendors needed will be divided according to the areas.” She added, “Even though a vendor might not be selected their name will be kept for consideration for the next match.” The Metro supply the vendors with gazebos so that they can be uniformed and professional but they have to return them when they are done. Majiza said, “Shelter is one of the requirements by the BCMM Environmental Health. “We will help them comply with the requirements of the Unit by facilitating workshops for them so that they can receive their health certificates before the game.” The next matches at the stadium will be in March on the weekend of the 5th and 6th for the Nedbank Cup. Third tier side Eastern Cape Bees will play against fellow ABC Motsepe side Magesi Football Club from Limpopo on March 5. While Chippa will fancy their chances of going to the next round against National First Division log leaders Baroka FC on Sunday 6 March. Comments are closed.