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South Africa Premier Soccer League official Ronnie Schloss believes the North West will need another club in the top flight in order for the province to host football matches. 

The 2010 World Cup stadium is based in Phokeng near Rustenburg and was used by Platinum Stars until the 2017/18 season when they were sold to a Cape Town-based association after being relegated from the league.

With no professional football club in both the National First Division and in the Absa Premiership, it remains to be seen when the football drought in that part of the country will come to an end.

"It's not being used, there's no team that plays there so there's nothing much we can do because there are only so many PSL teams," Schloss told KickOff.

"It's up to whoever gets promoted, if there's a team from that area and that team gets promoted, I presume they will play there but we can't force teams to play anywhere. They choose where they want to play. 

"So there's nothing we can do. We need a local team so that the community can support it. At this stage, there's no team in the NFD. That stadium was built a long time before the World Cup."

Schloss says there is little chance of the venue becoming a 'white elephant' as it's a multi-purpose centre.

"The stadium is used a lot by the community, it's got athletics tracks there and also the other events are held there, it is used very much," he added.

Asked if there was any possibility of the League taking the Nedbank Cup final to Rustenburg this year, Schloss replied: "No I don't think so, no."

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