CAPE TOWN – The Cape Town Stadium management have rendered their iconic venue "unplayable for football" just a few days out from Saturday's Premier Soccer League (PSL) derby between Cape Town City (CTC) and newcomers Stellenbosch FC.
As a result, the derby will be played at the Athlone Stadium much to the disgust of CTC chairman John Comitis.
Cape Town City were notified on Monday that the Cape Town Stadium was "unplayable for football".
Comitis on Tuesday morning issued a statement, which in part, reads:
'It is with great anger and frustration that the much-anticipated first Western Cape derby between Cape Town City and Stellenbosch FC has been moved out of the Cape Town Stadium. This follows confirmation by the Cape Town Stadium yesterday, four days before the major event, that the field has not been prepared for the start of the season and is unplayable for football.
'This is yet another negligent and careless undermining of professional football in Cape Town by the Cape Town Stadium management. The club has a multi-year contract with the Cape Town Stadium and is now entering its fourth year in partnership with a tenant.