Businesses in Limpopo will cash in huge profits when the province host the 2018 Cosafa Cup which begin later this month.
Limpopo MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture Onicca Moloi said the province will reap the benefits during the competition which starts on May 27 to June 9.
Moloi said about 100 000 people from countries in the SADC region will visit Limpopo.
She said this presents Limpopo with a phenomenal opportunity to deepen its intercultural relations between South Africans and these 14 countries.
“Monetary advantages that will collect will profit neighbourhood eateries, accommodation businesses, filling stations and real retailers, among others,” said Moloi.
She added that the province will, in this way, encounter positive financial spinoffs due to the enormous soccer display.
It is also a chance for Limpopo to grandstand its hospitality and top of the line tourism segment that offers much in the way of entertainment for fans from the pitch.
“This is a proud moment for our beautiful province as it will host this regional championship for the first time in its history.
This opportunity comes at an immaculate time when we celebrate the centenary of our founding father of our democratic country, Tata Nelson Mandela,” said Moloi.
Entrance to matches at the three stadia is free, bonus for fans who can experience international football when the calendar would be otherwise clear ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Venues for the competition are the notable 46 000 seater Peter Mokaba stadium, the 15 000 seater Old Peter Mokaba stadium on the site in Polokwane and the customary home of PSL side Baroka FC and the 8 000 seater Seshego Stadium which has gotten a redesign esteemed at some R9.7-million, with upgrades to the dressing room, irrigation system, drainage system, stadium lights, parameter fence, and entryways.