Bucs-Chiefs derby switched to Durban


Kick Off disclosed almost two weeks ago that the KwaZulu Natal government had invited the Bucs to switch the match to the coastal resort in order to showcase South African soccer to hundred of VIP overseas soccer officials who will be in the country for the 2010 World Cup draw that takes place in Durban the following day.

Durban has earmarked R8-million for the spectacle.

Initially, the PSL and Kaizer Chiefs said they had not been informed of the switch, however Bucs told Kick Off that they were considering the change in venue but needed further time as, being the host side, they would have ensure that all the security and safety measures for a packed stadium were in place.

Soccer fans can expect an action-packed week leading up to the derby.

There are two Fifa-approved dates on November 17 and 21 and Bafana Bafana will be in action at home when they host the United States national team in the Mandela Challenge and then Canada on the second date.

US coach Bob Bradley and his team, who are currently 18th on the world rankings, take every match they play very seriously and he will be bringing a top side as he has stated in the past that he wants to get the feel of things in South Africa ahead of their participation in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Canada, who were rated at around 100 at the beginning of the year, have climbed quickly over the past few months and are now rated 40th, so they could well provide Carlos Alberto Perreira with a good indication as to where Bafana Bafana stand.

The national coach will also be able to capitalize on the Fifa-dates as this means that his foreign-based players will be free of club commitments.