Pirates, Platinum Stars cross swords in Maize Cup


Football - 2013 Telkom Knockout - Final - Platinum Stars v Orlando Pirates - Mbombela Stadium

Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates players in a heated argument during the Telkom Knockout Final match between Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates on the 07 December 2013 at Mbombela Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

BY REGINALD KANYANE

Top class football will be coming to South Africa’s Bokone Bophirima Province once again with the second edition of the Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup to be played on August 13.

A new format of the one day competition will see two teams facing off for the Maize Cup, as opposed to last year’s edition which had four clubs battling it out in two semi finals and a final in one day.

This year Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates FC will play against defending champions Platinum Stars FC. Provincial government spokesperson, Brian Setswambung said the encounter promise to be a cracker.

“The format from the former Maize Triangle to the Maize Cup was necessitated by the fact that Mpumalanga no longer has a team in the PSL.

The North West Province is delighted to have two top teams competing in the Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup this year. We are looking forward to an outstanding day of entertainment for local and travelling fans.

“The match will provide football-starved fans with top quality pre-season action. This will be an opportunity to see some of the new recruits ahead of the 2016/2017 campaign. Both teams will be looking for good performances as they continue to prepare for the new season,” Setswambung said.

He said the province commended all stakeholders particularly grain producers in the Bokone Bophirima, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces.

“Through this Maize Cup, the Provincial Government seeks to provide an opportunity to all soccer loving citizens from the province and beyond to enjoy a thrilling day of entertaining soccer. This will contribute to the efforts of rebranding, reposition and repositioning.

“Orlando Pirates will be fresh from a pre-season camp in Namibia and will possibly have new signings Riyaad Norodien, Donald Mokondelela and Bernard Morrison on show on the day,” he said.

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