The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr. Mongameni Bobani, announced today that the Friendly City is ready to welcome fans ahead of the Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2.0 tournament set to start on 8 November with the grand final slated for 16 December 2019.
Cllr. Bobani made this remark from the Council Chambers, in Port Elizabeth, during a visit by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, during which the Mayor was presented with a framed jersey of the Giants, by both CSA’s Thamsanqa Mthembu and the Giants’ President, Donovan May.
“This message comes from 120 councillors who represent the only city in the Eastern Cape that has a team playing in this MSL2.0, the only city in the world that was named after our world icon (struggle activist and South Africa’s first democratic President), Dr Nelson Mandela,” he said.
“The Giants are here and they carry the hopes of the city. We are saying to the team: let us keep the cup right here in our municipality.”
Tickets are on sale at R60 per ticket and are available across TicketPro and other retail outlets, including online sales at www.ticketpro.co.za. Further information on the tournament is available on www.mslt20.co.za
The first match in the friendly city will see the Giants hosting the defending champions, the Jozi Stars, at St George’s Park on Sunday, 10 November, with the match starting at 2pm.
Forming part of the team, under returning coach Eric Simons will be star players such as Chris Morris, opening batsman Jason Roy, fast bowler Junior Dala, as well as veteran spinner Imran Tahir, who were all retained from last season.
The Giants also snapped up Farhaan Behardien at the Player Draft with the batsman having featured for Cape Town Blitz last year.
May said: “We are quite excited about the tournament and hope that the stadium will be full, with people coming to see the Giants play. We have a very good team and we will give the defending champions (Jozi Stars) a run for their money. Coming from the first season, we have a management team that has been working around the clock to get the team ready for the second season.”