PSL : East london to get PSL Action
Top flight football in East London will no longer fall into categories such as ‘Throwback Thursday’, as Chippa United get set to host Ajax Cape Town in the Buffalo City region this Sunday.
The Chilli Boys will welcome the Urban Warriors to the Buffalo City Stadium (a 16 000 seater, previously known as the Basil Kenyon Stadium), the first time in over 9 years, or 3560 days to be exact, that an Absa Premiership fixture will be staged in the city, the venue having previously been used by former NFD club Blackburn Rovers.
To be more precise, the last time the people of East London got to see an official Premier Soccer League match on their own doorstep, was on the 26 of April 2006, when Bush Bucks and Orlando Pirates drew 1-1.
The game saw Zambian marksman James Chamanga (who would go on to win the PSL Golden Boot award with Moroka Swallows two years later), putting Imbabala ahead six minutes before the break. But an Isaac Chansa penalty on 53 minutes earned a share of the spoils for the Buccaneers (who would go on to finish second, three points behind champions Sundowns).
Two weeks later, Bucks were down in Cape Town, where they took on Santos. The hosts went ahead through a Musa Otieno goal eight minutes after the break. Imbabala marksman Phikolethu Spelman leveled on 61 minutes, but the 1-1 draw was not enough to save the club from ending in 15th position on the table, having finished level on points with 14th placed Tembisa Classic, but behind the Gauteng club on goal difference.
This despite the squad containing quality performers such as Clement Mazibuko, Fischer Kondowe, Leonard Qaba, Manelisi Gomoshe, Simphiwe Mbambo
Bucks then went into the promotion-relegation play-offs with Benoni Premier United and Vasco da Gama, Benoni earning promotion to the PSL.
Sadly, liquidation was to follow for Bush Bucks, top flight football having been absent from East London (as well as the club’s other home venue, Mthatha), ever since.
Source : PSL Media