Full name Maritzburg United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Team of Choice,
The People’s Choice
Ground Harry Gwala Stadium, PMB
Capacity N/A (in FM08 the capacity is 7,895)
Maritzburg United is a South African association football club based in the city of Pietermaritzburg that currently competes in the National First Division, Coastal Stream. During the 2005-06 season Maritzburg United bought Tembisa Classic’s franchise to become part of the Premier Soccer League. They were relegated to the National First Division after the 06/07 season.
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second largest city of the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It was founded in 1838. Popularly called Maritzburg, and abbreviated PMB, it is home to a campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and is a major producer of aluminium as well as timber and dairy products. It had a population of 228,549 in 1991; the estimated current population is between 350,000 and 500,000.
Pietermaritzburg is also famous for an incident early in the life of Mahatma Gandhi, wherein he was thrown off a train for refusing to go sit in third-class seating due to a white man not having a seat; even though the Mahatma held a valid first-class ticket. This incident inspired Gandhi to begin his career protesting against laws discriminating against Indians in South Africa. Today, a bronze statue of Gandhi stands in Church Street, in the city centre.