This decision was made by the Cup Committee on Wednesday.
The reason for this is due to the unavailability of a suitable stadium in the Mother City to host this game on Saturday.
“We’ve looked at all our options in Cape Town for that day,” said Professor Ronnie Schloss, Chief Operating Officer of the PSL.
“Athlone Stadium, Vygieskraal Stadium, Blue Downs Stadium, as well as the Stadiums at the Universities of Western Cape and Stellenbosch were all unavailable.”
Schloss also added that Vasco da Gama’s home ground, Parow Park, was not suitable to host a match of this nature.
“One must also bear in mind that we are contracted to broadcast all the games in the round of Last 16, so the influence of live television also had a role to play in this decision,” commented Schloss.
It is no surprise that the management at Vasco were visibly upset and disappointed at the decision.
“Obviously we would’ve liked to have played the game on an equal footing, and being a team from the lower league, getting a home draw was favourable to us,” said chairman, Mario Das Neves.
“We’ve tried everything in our power to get a suitable venue, but at the end of the day, the game must go on. We must play the game and we must win although the venue dents our chances as we are now playing in front of AmaZulu’s home fans,” concluded Das Neves.
The match will still kick-off at 20h00.
In another change, the Jomo Cosmos-Nathi Lions fixture, scheduled for March 30, 2008, will now kick off at 14h45 instead of 15h00.