Sakubva renovations on course

Renovations are on course at the PSL-condemned Sakubva Stadium as the Mutare City Council positively responds to calls to have topflight soccer played in the Manicaland capital.

Obert Muzawazi - we have already begun with the renovations of Sakubva stadium.
Obert Muzawazi – we have already begun with the renovations of Sakubva stadium.

Premier Soccer League chief executive officer, Kenny Ndebele, recently wrote to the Mutare City fathers, custodians of the stadium, notifying them that the arena had failed to meet the required standards for PSL matches.

Mutare City Council Town Clerk, Obert Muzawazi, told The Zimbabwean that major renovations on the turf and the drainage system had already begun ahead of the start of the league season next month.

“The process might take more than a month and we might not be able to finish the renovations before the start of the season, but we are really doing our best to ensure that we finish in time for some of the matches,” said Muzawazi.

With the Premier Soccer League 2014 season set to begin early next month, as provisionally announced by the topflight soccer controlling body, local side Buffaloes might be forced to find an alternative venue for their early home matches.

“We will make sure that we meet all the requirements put to us by the Premier Soccer League and have already assigned the Engineering Department on the drainage system as well as the turf.

“In fact, we have to remove part, if not the greater part, of the turf. Technically, it will be impossible for public functions to go ahead when the process is still ongoing. We just have to suspend the use of the facility until we are through.”

Last week, the domestic top-flight league authorities barred Buffaloes from playing Caps United in a friendly match at the facility, which they said did not suit their minimum required standards for such high-level clashes.

In their letter, the PSL highlighted numerous areas that needed attention – including the need to upgrade the bumpy pitch, which poses danger to players. The league also ordered repairs to the perimeter fence around the field of play, spectator points that need turnstiles and public toilets that need to be upgraded.

PSL also pointed out the lack of media facilities, the need for designated ablution facilities for VIPs, the lack of a proper first aid room, doping room and dressing rooms.

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