'Ascot not yet ready'

GWERU - Gweru City Council management has admitted that renovations at Ascot Stadium, which was deemed unfit to host Castle Premier Soccer League matches, have not yet begun.

The local authority only has less than a week to carry out the renovations recommended by the Zifa Grounds Committee.

The 2015 Castle Premiership season is scheduled to start on March 7. Ascot Stadium is home to Chapungu and newly-promoted Whawha.

PSL chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele said Ascot was in bad shape and was a danger to both players and spectators.

The perimeter fences and outside walls are in a sorry state while the venue's telecommunications facilities also make it difficult for the SuperSport OB Van to broadcast live matches.

In the meantime, Chapungu and Whawha could relocate to Kwekwe's Mbizo or Zvishavane where there is Mandava and Maglas.

Speaking to journalists on behalf of Gweru mayor, councillor Moses Marecha said council will strive to meet the PSL deadline, but work on the venue had not yet commenced.

"Council is working towards making the ground suitable to hold PSL matches," Marecha said.

"However, we have not yet started work, we will conduct a tour of the stadium today (yesterday)."

Marecha said council did not have sufficient funds for the renovations hence the delays.

Now that Gweru has two Premiership sides, fans would feel robbed if matches were transferred to Zvishavane owing to the dilapidation state of Ascot.

Gweru football fans were looking forward to the start of the 2015 season with all eyes on Week 14 when Whawha is scheduled to take on Chapungu in the Gweru derby.

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