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. Buffalo City to host Proteas and Chippa matches So much so that as a City, we are not only predicting victories for both teams but also a full capacity crowds to live up to our reputation as South Africa’s “capital of fun” and a “sports destination of choice”. The Chilli Boys, as the football side is known, are returning to Buffalo City for the first time this season at their hunting ground the Sisa Dukashe Stadium following their win against Kaizer Chiefs in the Premiers Cup in August. Chippa will be hosting a wounded Cape Town City side who are coming from two defeats. Elsewhere in the City, the high flying Proteas will be hosting Bangladesh at the Buffalo Park Stadium on Sunday at 10 am. The Proteas lead the ODI series by two nil after winning their first game by 10 wickets and the second game by 104 runs. The Buffalo City local organising committee has indicated that the City is ready and it is all systems go for the weekend games. The LOC has been sitting with other safety organs of state planning to deliver incident free events that are of international standard. Our security clusters include our disaster, traffic and law enforcement and these have submitted their plans and necessary certificates which have been approved. For the Chippa, game tickets are still available at Ticketpro for R40 adults and R20 for children. We advise people that do not have tickets not come close to the stadium precinct as security will be on high alert and we warn perpetrators who are dealing with counterfeit tickets that they will face the full might of the law. The Sisa Dukashe Stadium will open at 12h30 and with curtain raiser matches. The Chippa/CT City game will kick-off at 15h30. For the Proteas game, Tickets for the Proteas game are available through Ticketpro and at the Buffalo Park ticket office with cost raging from R80 to R350.Road closure for Proteas and Bangladesh. Road Closures: Proteas Game • Buffalo Park Drive at Commercial Road • Buffalo Park Drive at John Baillie Road • Buffalo Park Drive at the Entrance to the Old Craven park • Buffalo Park Drive at the Main Gate Lane Closure • John Baillie Road will be converted into a one-way Traffic from Buffalo Park Drive towards Link Road. Alternative Parking will be made available at Commercial Road and Buffalo Park Drive (close to Fitzpatrick Road) Chippa game Streets in and around NU 2 Mdantsane and general parking will be available at the Orlando stadium. 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. Comments are closed.