HIGH-FLYING Premier Soccer League (PSL) side ZPC Kariba could play their league match against army side Black Rhinos at their home ground Nyamhunga Stadium in Kariba following reports that the renovations have now been completed.
PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele confirmed that the Kariba outfit could use Nyamhunga on Sunday for the first time since they gained promotion into the elite league.
He said the stadium, which has been under renovation, was now ready for use but there were a few things that needed to be sorted before it could pass the test.
“I can confirm that there is a possibility that ZPC Kariba can use Nyamhunga Stadium for their match against Black Rhinos this weekend but there are few things that need to be checked first. I understand there is a delegation from Zifa that went to check on its readiness today (yesterday). Our competitions manager will also go there tomorrow (today). Normally we do this together but we didn’t have someone from the PSL,” said Ndebele.
Nyamhunga Stadium was last year condemned by the PSL/Zifa grounds committee because it did not meet their standards after ZPC Kariba won qualification into the elite league.
The 8 000-seat stadium was initially supposed to be ready by mid-April, but the delivery date was pushed back several times amid delays.
ZPC Kariba then adopted Gwanzura Stadium in Harare as their home ground, which is almost 500 kilometres from their Kariba base. They have been using it as their home ground since the start of the league campaign.
Coach Soul Chaminuka has often complained that the team’s constant travels were having a negative impact on his unbeaten squad.
However, the debutantes have exceeded expectations as they are still very much in the championship race in third position on the league table with 38 points, four adrift of log leaders Dynamos with just eight matches remaining in the campaign.
Crucially, they have lost just two matches so far and could close in on the log leaders should they overcome Black Rhinos on Sunday.