League champions Motor Action are contemplating relocating to Mutare’s Sakubva Stadium for their Confederation of African Football (Caf) Orange Champions League matches.
The Mighty Bulls, who pipped Dynamos to the title last Sunday in a nail biting finish to the premier league race, will be going back to the stadium they dumped in 2006.
In an interview with NewsDay, the Mighty Bulls coach Joel “Mafero” Antipas hinted that the team will play their Caf Champions League matches in the 10 000 capacity stadium.
“I cannot confirm yet but there is a talk about Sakubva and the management is still discussing the issue,’ said Antipas.
“I think it will be a good for us to play in Mutare because the people there have been starved of premiership football for too long now,” added Antipas.
The last time Mutare had a premiership team was in 2008 when Highway illuminated the city only to sell their franchise to Bantu Rovers at the end of the season.
Antipas said Motor Action enjoyed a huge following the last time the team played in Mutare and that was the main reason they were considering the move.
“We haven’t really had a massive following in Harare, but the main thing is that we need the finances. We can’t compare ourselves with crowd pullers like Dynamos, Highlanders or Caps United but we can do better in Mutare,” said Mafero.
Mafero admitted that although the venue was secure for local Premiership matches, it did not meet Fifa requirements for international matches and they would engage the city fathers for a probable refurbishment to meet these requirements.
“Sakubva needs to be upgraded especially the turf. At this moment I don’t think Caf or Fifa can grant it as a safe venue for an international match. We will be using Rufaro for the Caf Champions League games until the stadium has been refurbished to meet the required standards.”
Motor Action, who will be making their Caf Champions League debut, were on Monday drawn against a relatively unknown Cnaps Sports of Madagascar.
The Eric Rosen-owned team will host the Madagascar champions on the last weekend of January.
However, the Mighty Bulls should face Ivory Coast giants Asec Mimosas in the event that they dispatch Cnaps and the former African champions defeat ASC SNIM Casando of Mauritania.