Maritzburg drum up support for Nedbank Cup final


Maritzburg United owner Farook Kadodia says the club are attempting to rally supporters to attend Saturday’s Nedbank Cup final involving his side and Free State Stars.

The encounter between the two supported sides at an infrequently used venue like Cape Town Stadium has had organisers worried of a poor turnout of fans.

In addition, the FA Cup final between English giants Chelsea and Manchester United is set to take place at the same time on the day, meaning fans may stay at home to watch that encounter on TV at Wembley Stadium.

Nonetheless, Kadodia says the Team of Choice are being proactive in trying to drum up support for the clash against Ea Lla Koto. Recently he as well as coach Fadlu Davids and defenders Bevan Fransman and Siyanda Zulu met with mayoral committee member for Cape Town‚ Stuart Diamond.

Speaking about the efforts, he told the Sowetan: “We made the effort of coming to Cape Town to make sure we got our marketing right to rally the fans behind the team.

“We have hurdles to cross‚ including the FA Cup final on Saturday.

“We have a rich history as a club‚ being one of the old teams from the Federation league‚ and now that we have our head coach (Davids) and captain (Fransman) from Cape Town‚ people in the city can identify with us.

“We will be bringing at least 12 busses from Pietermaritzburg and there are plenty of supporters who will make the trip by air. We will make it a Maritzburg razzmatazz.”