CAPE TOWN – Stellenbosch FC are set to make their debut in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on the back foot because there is no suitable venue in the Cape Winelands region ready to host top-flight football.
Last season, Stellenbosch played their home games in Idas Valley and went on to win the National First Division (NFD) and automatic promotion to the PSL. The venue was regularly packed out as the locals came out in their numbers to get behind the team.
The PSL, though, has strict requirements with regard to a venue’s readiness to host top-flight games. According to the PSL, Idas Valley falls short in many respects with regard to safety and the venue has been vetoed.
Stellenbosch have approached the University of Stellenbosch to use the Danie Craven Stadium or the Coetzenburg Stadium on the campus, but both those venues need a few issues to be sorted before it will be approved by the PSL.
While the rookie top-flight club has been assured that the issues will be attended to, it will take a few months. As a result, Stellenbosch have already been forced to reschedule their opening game. They were initially slated to be at home to Chippa United on August 3, but that has now changed and the game will take place in Port Elizabeth (Chippa’s home venue).