Mutare City Rovers have written to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to use Vengere Stadium in Rusape as their home ground following the condemnation of Sakubva Stadium by the First Instant Board (FIB) which passes venues for use by Premiership clubs.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
Rovers are currently using the National Sports Stadium in Harare as their home ground, but the Mutare side believes the current situation was not viable.
Club spokesperson Clayton Masekesa confirmed the development yesterday.
“We wrote a letter to the PSL last week to be given permission to use Vengere Stadium. The First Instant Board then advised us to do certain renovations on the stadium. We then approached Rusape Town Council to improve the areas that needed to be upgraded,” he said.
“The areas that need renovations include the changing rooms and toilets, revamping the VIP enclosure, as well as the installation of wi-fi. There were also concerns on the goal posts, but they have already worked on that. In fact, most of the upgrades have been done,’’ he said.
“The Rusape Town Council management has done a highly commendable job. Now we are waiting for the final assessment of FIB,’’ he said
Masekesa said they want to use Vengere Stadium as a stop gap measure to allow Mutare City Council to complete renovations to their preferred Sakubva Stadium, which should take at least a month.
“We hope that this time the PSL will have a football heart and let the people of Manicaland watch and enjoy Premiership matches,’’ he said.
Vengere has hosted Premiership football before, with relegated Buffaloes and Dongo Sawmills using the venue some few years ago. Mutare City host Chapungu at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday, and will be hoping that by the time they play their next home match, Vengere would have been approved by FIB.