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No renovations at PSL-condemned Sakubva Stadium

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THREE weeks before the start of the 2015 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season, there are still no renovations at Buffaloes’ home ground Sakubva Stadium after it was condemned by the league’s chiefs.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

The development has put Mutare football fans in a panic mode as the delay by the city’s fathers to renovate the stadium might see the army side opting for another stadium.

According to the inspection report from Zifa Grounds Committee the pitch, stadium security wall, steel posts and drainage manholes that were dug by the council are a danger to the players and no match should be played before renovations take place.

NewsDay Sport visited the facility yesterday and spoke to some council workers there.

“Renovations are yet to start; we don’t know when they are going to start perhaps this week. Last week we saw some council officials who came to take quotations of what is needed, but they are yet to return ,” a worker who spoke on condition of anonymity said.

Mutare City Council housing director Stenard Mapurisa was not reachable for comment.

However, Mutare City mayor Tatenda Nhamarare has shockingly claimed that the stadium is better than other facilities in the country and remains confident that stadium will be used this year.

Last year the stadium was also condemned for the same reasons but city authorities saved the situation after they addressed major issues.

If the Stadium remains condemned the army side will like opt for Vhengere Stadium in Rusape the home of Premiership side Dongo Sawmills which is just over 90 kilometres from Mutare.

The Rusape Town Council has already offered $60 000 for the renovations of Vhengere Stadium to meet PSL standards.

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