SABC News - Metro and Chippa United resolve misunderstanding :Monday 15 February 2016

Metro and Chippa United resolve misunderstanding

Monday 15 February 2016 12:07

Thabo Daniels, SABC

Chippa United will return to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday when they host Free State Stars.

Chippa United will return to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday when they host Free State Stars.(SABC)

A misunderstanding between the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and football team Chippa United over the club's decision to play some of its home games in East London has been resolved.

The metro has also withdrawn the interdict against Chippa United which could have disrupted their season's programme.

Chippa United relocated from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth last season.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro played a pivotal role in the process. However, the relationship between the two soured when the club decided to use East London as its alternative venue.

This didn't go down well with the authorities in the Friendly City who claimed the club was in violation of a contract they have with the metro.

Acting Nelson Mandela Bay municipal manager, Johann Mettler, says the municipality has met to resolve the matter.

“The agreement between us would then be made as an order of court. In other words, a court order is by consent,” says Mettler.

Mettler also confirmed that they have given the club permission to play two more matches in East London, but didn't want to be drawn into the existing deal between the Chilly Boys and Buffalo City Metro.

“We have not had engagements with Buffalo City. Our agreement is with Chippa United. We thought it is wise to strengthen our relationship,” says Mettler.

Chippa United have declined to comment on the latest developments.

Meanwhile after a two weeks' absence, United will return to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday when they host Free State Stars.

In their last match held on Sunday, United beat another Free State side, Bloemfontein Celtic 1- 0.

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