MTN 8 5.9.2013 06:45 am

Durban final venue ‘best bid’ – Blackensee

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 04: Derek Blanckensee of the PSL during the MTN8 Final Draw at PSL Offices on September 04, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 04: Derek Blanckensee of the PSL during the MTN8 Final Draw at PSL Offices on September 04, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

The Premier Soccer League has defended its decision to take this year’s MTN8 final to the Moses Mabhida Stadium on September 28.

The stadium last held the MTN8 final in 2010, but has also hosted three other cup competition finals since the Telkom Knockout finals in 2011 and 2012 and the Nedbank Cup final this year.

PSL general manager Derek Blanckensee explained that the process of deciding the venue was not as simple as it might appear. “We asked different stadiums to put in their bids for the final, including Cape Town who weren’t able to submit in time,” said Blanckensee.

“Port Elizabeth was also considered, and they made a bid. Mbombela Stadium too, but they have another event that was booked a while ago already.”

There are four teams remaining in the second-leg round of the competition, that will take place on September 24.

Wits take on Platinum Stars at the Bidvest Stadium. Stars lead 4-2 on aggregate. Orlando Pirates face rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the Orlando Stadium; Pirates leading 1-0 on aggregate.

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