Gauteng rivals Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates will do a fair bit of travelling for their next fixture, which takes place in a little over a week.

The Clever Boys host the Buccaneers in a league encounter on Saturday 21 September and have to move away from their usual home base, the Bidvest Stadium.

Durban to host Bidvest Wits vs Orlando Pirates

The match will instead take place in Durban, at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

According to Wits director of football Roy Limongelli, Bidvest is currently undergoing renovations, which make hosting big crowds impossible for the time being.

“There are some renovations that have to be done at Bidvest Stadium before we can host the big teams there,” he told KickOff.

“Smaller crowds are okay, but renovations have to be done for bigger crowds.

“The renovations haven’t been done as yet, so until that is sorted we can’t play any of Sundowns, Pirates or Chiefs there.

“We did put it out there [that Wits needed a new venue] and Moses Mabhida Stadium gave us the best option.”

Roy Limongelli

Bidvest Stadium unavailable for big fixtures

Wits are expected back at Bidvest Stadium for their next fixture after facing Pirates, where they will host Young Buffaloes from Eswatini in the seconf leg of the second preliminary round of the Caf Confederations Cup.

The venue is set to host their next home match – against Chippa United – after which they will likely have to ditch it momentarily, with defending league champions Mamelodi Sundowns paying them a visit on 17 December.

Their next home match expected to pull high demand for tickets is only in April 2020, when they will be welcoming current log-leaders and fellow title-contenders Kaizer Chiefs towards the end of the league campaign. 

Happy hunting ground for the Buccaneers 

The rather intimate Bidvest Stadium drew a sell-out crowd when Wits last hosted their next league opponents, Orlando Pirates.

On that occasion, the hosts were heartbroken in the dying moments of the encounter, when a Luvuyo Memela free-kick was deflected by Keegan Ritchie into his own net to hand the Soweto giants a crucial victory in their title pursuit.

At Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Buccaneers have seen some favourable results in recent times, including a cup semi-final victory over fierce rivals Chiefs, which followed soon after they eliminated AmaZulu in the quarterfinals in the same venue.

Wits return to action with a visit to Eswatini to play Young Buffaloes, while Pirates are at home to Chippa in the league.

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