Garankuwa get green light for Caledonian

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Odi Stadium, situated in Mabopane just outside Tshwane, has been in an appalling state since the beginning of the season and that has forced the club to opt for a nearby alternative venue.

But negotiations which began a month ago with Arcadia Shepherds, who hold the lease on the Caledonian Stadium, appeared to be reaching an impasse as the Vodacom League side was reluctant to share the facility.

“It has been a long battle but we are glad that we have finally been given the green light to use the facility,” says Garankuwa team manager Kingdom Motaung.

“In the end we had to talk to the chairperson of Arcadia who then gave us the right to use the ground on Saturday afternoon.

Initially Arcadia were only willing to share the facility with Supersport United who, however, have committed themselves to using the Super Stadium.

“On Thursday afternoon we got an opportunity to train at the ground for the first time.

“Although the current arrangement is for one game against Dynamos on Saturday we hope to make the agreement last till the end of the season if Odi remains closed.

“The problem is that we have no idea as to when Odi will be re-opened again. But we are glad that we have found a facility around Tshwane which is convenient to us and our followers,” Motaung tells Kick Off.

The Kenny Ndlazi-coached side has had a tortoise-like start to the season, winning once and drawing three times in the first six games of the season.