Cape Town City have confirmed that the Kaizer Chiefs match will take place at Newlands Stadium rather than the Cape Town Stadium.
But not until the Premier Soccer League arrived hours later to do their own assessment of the pitch…
According to Comitis, PSL’s testing has now concluded that the stadium grass has failed the grade to host a PSL game. “Ronnie Schloss arrived later‚ and did a traction test‚ and the pitch failed it‚” Comitis told TimesLIVE.
“The traction test is for the grade of the grass‚ and when the boot changes direction on it‚ how it holds together‚ or if the boot will get stuck under it or rips out the grass.”
“The pitch scored a number 18‚ and 40 is deemed acceptable. And in the space of a week the most it can improve is four or five points maximum.”
“So it would not have been ready by Tuesday. And the decision not to play on it is based on the injuries it can cause to players.”
The former Ajax Cape Town boss was duly quick to guarantee that an alternative venue has been found - which is the Newlands Stadium.
“So I have been in contact with Newlands already‚ and they have said they will make things happen for the match to take place there. So as far as we are concerned the match will now definitely go ahead at Newlands on Tuesday,” concluded Comitis.
Journalist Marc Strydom confirmed that a mega event at the Cape Town Stadium a month before the new season is the reason City have been scrambling for alternative venues.
“Cape Town Stadium has not been ready for football – forcing City to seek alternate venues – early in the 2019-20 season due to the pitch not having recovered in time from being relaid after a Monster Jam auto spectacle held there at the end of April. Adverse weather conditions meant that germination of the new seeds was slow,” wrote Strydom.
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