D-Day for Sakubva

MUTARE - Premier Soccer League chairman Twine Phiri will today lead the Zifa Grounds Committee in deciding the fate of Sakubva Stadium's readiness to host top flight matches this season.

The army side Buffaloes' home ground was earlier this year condemned as unfit to host top flight matches. The stadium was condemned over its dilapidated dressing rooms, internet connectivity installation and replacing its iron goal posts with aluminum. Mutare Mayor Tatenda Nhamarare is, however, optimistic that the stadium will get the nod despite having been declared unfit for top flight by the same committee only last Wednesday.

The Zifa grounds committee maintained that the venue remained banned in spite of noting progress in its rehabilitation. Mutare City had then pleaded with the Phiri-led committee to give them a week to address the outstanding issues.

"We are confident that the stadium will be declared fit to host Premiership matches, I think everything will have been addressed by tomorrow (today)," said Nhamarare.

The closest option for Buffaloes, if the ban is maintained, will be lowly Vengere Stadium some 92km away which they would have to share with premiership debutants Dongo Sawmills.

Sakubva Stadium has of late become a centre of contestation between city fathers and Buffaloes officials who felt they were being sabotaged by council's inaction.

The ground was last year again condemned only for its ban to be lifted just prior to the commencement of the 2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

Buffaloes fans have also began to query why the military appeared to be non-committal in maintaining the stadium in spite of its team calling it home for years.

Notable progress has however, now been done on dressing rooms but goal posts remain unchanged.

Buffaloes are set to host Week One log leaders Triangle in their first home match of the season this weekend, hot on the heels of an embarrassing 3-0 drubbing at the hands of defending champions Dynamos.

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