PSL give Sakubva green light

MUTARE - Mutare based army side Buffaloes have expressed relief after the Castle Premier Soccer League (PSL) approved the use of Sakubva Stadium this season.

The border town was all but set to miss out of the 2014 Premiership edition after the league had earlier banned the use of Sakubva due to its bumpy pitch, poor changingrooms, dilapidated ablution facilities and deteriorating security facilities.

Buffaloes spokesperson, Tendai Chitova said the PSL’s decision to allow the club to use the stadium spared the soldiers an extra financial liability and allowed the football fans in the Eastern border city a chance to cheer their favourite club.

“Condemning Sakubva Stadium would have meant we would have travelled every week which would have strained us financially in an already tough economic environment,” Chitova said adding that the decision was a victory for all football lovers in Mutare as they have an opportunity to see all the PSL clubs in action at Sakubva.

Chitova said Buffaloes will now be signing a memorandum of understanding guaranteeing his club’s use of the stadium for the 2014 soccer season with Mutare City Council this week in line with PSL’s new regulations.

At the same time, Buffaloes are planning together with council to prioritise the areas that need to be worked on to address PSL’s concerns.

“Mutare City has been very supportive and we have agreed to work together on the improvements that need to be made to the stadium giving greater priority to work on the pitch,” Chitova said.

Earlier news of the stadium’s condemnation had sent panic to the local football fraternity as it would have affected both informal and formal businesses that benefit from match day economic activities.

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