Promoted ZPC Kariba in stadium dilemma

ZPC Kariba might have won the right to play in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League next year, but the people of Kariba might not be able to watch their team in their own backyard.

This follows revelations that their home ground, Chaminuka Stadium, and others in the area, don’t meet the standard required to host premiership football.

Premier soccer league chairman Twine Phiri said they couldn’t allow ZPC to use the stadium as it is too short in length.

Phiri said unless something was done, ZPC Kariba would have to find another home venue. This could mean the team moving to either Karoi or Chinhoyi if there are stadiums that meet the standard requirements.

ZPC Kariba are not alone in this stadium dilemma. Former premier soccer league club and Beitbridge-based Underhill were forced to use Mucheke Stadium as their home ground for matches against the likes of Caps United, Dynamos and Highlanders as Dulibadzimu Stadium was deemed to be unfit to host such high-profile matches.

Only this year, the same happened to Tripple B, who use the same Dulibadzimu Stadium. The club was also advised that they could not play Caps United, Dynamos and Highlanders in their own backyard and were forced to use Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane.

Although ZPC officials could not be reached for a comment, their sponsors, Zesa Holdings, are understood to have promised to look at the issue even if it means renovating Chaminuka Stadium during the off-season period.

ZPC are the first ever team from Kariba in the history of Zimbabwean football to be promoted to premiership football.

They are also the only team from Mashonaland West Province to play in the premiership after the demise of Rio Tinto, later named Eiffel Flats.

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