No joy for Gem Boys

MANICA Diamonds coach Luke Masomere has made peace with the decision of his team playing their home matches away from home as they prepare to welcome Harare City at Gibbo Stadium this Sunday in a Castle Lager Premiership tie.

The Gem Boys, who lost to CAPS United 2-0 in their debut match in the top flight, had wanted to use Vhengere Stadium as their home ground after Sakubva Stadium failed to meet the Premier Soccer League’s minimum requirements.

However, according to an initial report by the Zifa First Instance Board (FIB), Vhengere and other grounds such as Trojan Mine in Bindura and Ascot Stadium in Gweru, failed to meet the minimum standards required to host Premiership football.

Manica had hoped the FIB would conduct another inspection before their weekend’s first home game against the Sunshine Boys but as of yesterday the PSL had not requested for another exercise which will now see them play at Gibbo.

Chapungu and TelOne FC, who use Ascot as their home ground have since adopted Mandava Stadium while Mushowani Stars, whose home is Trojan Mine, are currently using Rufaro Stadium in Harare as their home ground while renovations are taking place at their respective homes.  

However, speaking ahead of their first match at Gibbo, Masomere has reminded his charges to stay focused and not get distracted by the venue issue.
“It’s really tough playing your home games away from home like this coming week, we are playing away again.

“There is nothing we can do, it’s something which is beyond our control and we have to concentrate,” said Masomere.
“The moment we start talking about that, it will obviously affect our focus and profit our opponents. 
“We want to go there and play well. We can win games in any stadium.”

Despite losing 2-0 in their first match, Masomere is confident they can pick themselves up in their next matches to meet their set targets.   

“Our objectives are different from others. 
“We want to finish the season in the top eight and we will definitely achieve that.
“We just have to concentrate and make sure we win the next game.”

Saturday: FC Platinum v Triangle United (Mandava), Bulawayo Chiefs v TelOne FC  (Luveve), ZPC Kariba v Herentals (Nyamhunga), Yadah v Chicken Inn (Rufaro), Ngezi Platinum Stars v Mushowani Stars (Baobab)

Sunday: Manica Diamonds v Harare City (Gibbo), Dynamos v Hwange (Rufaro), Highlanders v CAPS United (Barbourfields), Chapungu v Black Rhinos (Mandava)No joy for Gem Boys

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