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Leopards, Wits can't agree Nedbank date

The Premier Soccer League last night confirmed Black Leopards and Bidvest Wits did not agree on playing their Nedbank Cup last 16 clash today.

The match at Thohoyandou Stadium was called off last night due to heavy rain which left the pitch waterlogged. 

“We just met the two clubs. We were trying to discuss the possibility of playing [on Thursday], unfortunately there is no agreement, which means that the League will set a new date for this fixture,” PSL head of communications Lux September told the media after the game last night.

“Obviously we have to look at the conditions of this stadium, the conditions of the field to ensure the pitch is playable. We will be in contact with the stadium and the home club.”  

Rule 14.20 in the PSL handbook says: “If a match is postponed or abandoned due to the unsuitability of the ground caused by inclement weather, the state of the pitch or for any other reason, but not because of insufficient illumination from floodlights, the League will set another date on which the match will be played. In such an event all records of an abandoned match will be expunged except that any dismissals that occurred will remain in force.”

Rule 14.21 says: “In the event of a replay because of the unsuitability of the ground due to inclement weather the League will be responsible for all reasonable costs incurred.”

Despite being 1-0 up at the time it was abandoned, Leopards coach Dylan Kerr says they did not for one second think they had the game in the bag. Kerr feels sorry for supporters who came out to the stadium hoping to see a good game of football. 

“No, no, no, I never think that. It was only at half-time, knowing Gavin [Hunt] he would have come out in the second half more determined not to lose,” Kerr said.

“No, no, no, I never think that. It was only at half-time, knowing Gavin [Hunt] he would have come out in the second half more determined not to lose,” Kerr said.

“I feel for the supporters, they had to make their way home and it was night time as well, it was loadshedding at the time and they couldn’t see where they were stepping in.

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