The Moses Mabhida Stadium, which would be the centrepiece if Durban wins its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, has been selected to host the Nedbank Cup final between Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits on May 17, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has announced.
Pirates booked their spot in the final after overcoming Maritzburg United 2-1 at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday (May 3).
Earlier that day, Wits won its match against Kaizer Chiefs 4-2 on penalties after the match had ended 2-2 after extra-time.
The 85,000-capacity Stadium is named after Moses Mabhida, a former general secretary of the South African Communist Party, and was completed in 2009 at a cost for $450 million (£267 million/€325 million) for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
It hosted seven matches during South Africa 2010, including the semi-final when Spain beat Germany 1-0.
The multi-purpose Stadium would host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies if Durban beats Edmonton to be awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as the athletics events.
PSL chief executive Brand de Villiers claimed that there had been a lot of competition among South Africa's top stadiums to host the match.
"Firstly, I would like to congratulate both Wits and Orlando Pirates for reaching the 2013/14 Nedbank Cup final," De Villiers said.
"A number of venues were on the table to host the Cup final and, following long deliberations and consultation with all the relevant stakeholders, we decided on Moses Mabhida.
"We are planning a spectacular event on May 17 and we urge football fans to purchase their tickets early."
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