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Football: Concerts force Kaizer Chiefs to move home

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South African Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs must play their remaining home fixtures 320 kilometres away because the Soweto stadium they hire has been booked for music concerts.

Chiefs, who drew 0-0 against second-place Orlando Pirates at the weekend to keep a five-point advantage with eight rounds left, face Maritzburg United, SuperSport United and Platinum Stars in northern city Polokwane.

Home ground Soccer City, where Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 World Cup final, stages concerts to boost income, although there are constant complaints about the state of the pitch after musical events.

"We are taking the Kaizer Chiefs caravan and hitting the road," said English coach Stuart Baxter. "I am not going to make this a problem because we have done very well in away games this season."

Chiefs, the most popular football club in South Africa, are seeking a first title in eight years, a $1.1 million (850,000-euro) winners' cheque and a place in the 2014 CAF Champions League.

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