Kaizer Chiefs to play remaining matches of 2019-20 season at Orlando Stadium

Kaizer Chiefs new home for the remainder of the season.
Kaizer Chiefs new home for the remainder of the season.
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In an ironic twist‚ Kaizer Chiefs will be based at Orlando Stadium‚ the ground of bitter rivals Orlando Pirates‚ for their home venue for the remaining matches of the 2019-20 Absa Premiership in the Gauteng biologically safe environment (BSE).

Domestic professional football returns from the suspension imposed by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on March 16 due to Covid-19 with the Nedbank Cup semifinals on August 8.

The Premiership‚ where Chiefs are league leaders‚ returns the following week.

The revised fixtures are yet to be released by the PSL‚ but the venues were determined in a televised draw on Wednesday morning.

All Premiership teams have to play behind closed doors at one of eight neutral venues in the Johannesburg and Pretoria BSE. The Gauteng-based teams are not allowed to play at their normal home venues.

The same applies to the GladAfrica Championship‚ or National First Division (NFD).

Pirates were drawn to play their home games at Ellis Park‚ a venue they will share with Durban side Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Second-placed Premier Division team Mamelodi Sundowns share Dobsonville Stadium with eighth-placed Highlands Park. Chiefs share Orlando Stadium with Chippa United.

Chiefs (48 points from 22 games) have a four-point lead over defending champions Sundowns‚ who have a game in hand (44 from 21).

Third-placed SuperSport United‚ who share Bidvest Stadium with Baroka FC‚ have 40 points from 24 games‚ and fourth-placed Pirates 40 from 23.

NFD leaders Ajax Cape Town will share Rand Stadium with fifth-placed JDR Stars. Second-placed Swallows FC are based Makhulong Stadium with Steenberg United.

Teams undergo one more round of Covid-19 testing‚ on Monday‚ August 10‚ 48 hours before they enter the BSE on Tuesday‚ August 11.

Anyone who enters the sanitised BSE may not leave until the matches have been completed. No unauthorised personnel can enter the bubble.

All personnel – players‚ technical staff‚ match officials and league officials – will be based on a single-room basis in quarantined hotels‚ and only travel to training grounds and match venues.

BSE match venues -

Absa Premiership:

Baroka FC - Bidvest StadiumCape Town City - Loftus Versfeld AmaZulu - Lucas Moripe Stadium Mamelodi Sundowns - Dobsonville Stadium Orlando Pirates - Ellis Park Bidvest Wits - FNB Stadium Chippa United - Orlando Stadium Bloemfontein Celtic - University of Pretoria Stadium SuperSport United - Bidvest Stadium Kaizer Chiefs - Orlando Stadium Highlands Park - Dobsonville Stadium Lamontville Golden Arrows - Ellis Park Polokwane City - Loftus Versfeld Stellenbosch FC - University of Pretoria Stadium Black Leopards - FNB Stadium Maritzburg United - Lucas Moripe Stadium

GladAfrica Championship:

TS Galaxy - Wits Rugby Stadium JDR Stars - Rand Stadium Steenberg United - Makhulong Stadium Mbombela United - UJ Soweto Campus StadiumRichards Bay FC - Tuks Rugby StadiumUniversity of Pretoria FC - Joburg Stadium Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila - Sturrock Park Stadium TS Sporting - Tsakane Stadium Real Kings - Tsakane Stadium Free State Stars - Sturrock Park Stadium Jomo Cosmos - Wits Rugby Stadium Ajax Cape Town - Rand Stadium Swallows FC - Makhulong Stadium Royal Eagles - Joburg Stadium Cape Umoya United - Tuks Rugby Stadium Uthongathi FC - UJ Soweto Campus Stadium

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