Stadium blues cost Tsholotsho FC

Tsholotsho Football Club coach Lizwe Sweswe recently bemoaned the lack of a stadium of their own in their home town, which he said had affected the side’s early games in the Castle Premiership.

Sweswe said although he was satisfied with the progress made so far by his team, he still believed they could have fared better had they played their home games in Tsholotsho, where they steamrolled past a number of clubs as they surged ahead to become the only side from a rural area to have made it into the elite league.

Pending the completion of their own home ground, the league debutants are currently playing their home games in Bulawayo, where they use White City Stadium and Sweswe said that cost them a lot in terms of both energy and resources.

When they were promoted to PSL Tsholotsho were pushing to train and play top-flight league home games at the Mbute ground, which – based in a rural set-up, remains a substandard facility that needs a complete overhaul before it can meet PSL standards.

“The team is playing very well and I am pleased that my boys are pushing very hard as a team,” said Sweswe in an interview with The Zimbabwean recently.

“It is however, very taxing that we still do not have our own home ground nearby and have to travel for both our home and away games. We are also being forced to train in Bulawayo so that we can adjust to our adopted home ground and that has had an impact on our players, as fatigue has taken its toll.

“Our supporters have been marvellous so far and they have always been behind us, despite the fact that they have also been forced to travel to Bulawayo in the current economic environment. Their commitment is very much appreciated. They come to our training sessions and games this proves they really have us at heart.” The government recently announced that construction of Tsholotsho Stadium was in progress should be completed in July this year.

Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs Minister, Cain Mathema, said recently that the stadium would further confirm the growing status of Tsholotsho as both a district and emerging football powerhouse.

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