by KHUMBULANI TARUVANDA
CHIREDZI, (Lowveld Post) – CHIREDZI Stars Football Club has requested the local authority to renovate Tshovani Stadium.
This was revealed by the club’s Secretary General, Taurai Dzoro citing dilapidation and carelessness of the stadium by Chiredzi Rural District Council (CRDC) authorities.
He said they engaged the Chiredzi Town Council after receiving representations from fans who want matches to be played at a venue which is accessible to many.
Fans argue that Tshovani stadium, situated in the dusty high density suburb, is the natural home ground for Chiredzi Stars.
One of the team supporters, Naison Moyo said they could not afford to travel to Chishamiso Stadium in Hippo Valley Estates to watch the games because it was now expensive.
“The club should use its own stadium here in Chiredzi, so that all soccer lovers can support their local team,” Dzoro told Lowveld Post.
Dzoro said the club appreciated the concerns raised by the fans and was acting upon them.
“Everyone knows we want to use our stadium (Tshovani) but currently, the stadium does not meet standards recommended by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) and that is why we are engaging council (Chiredzi Town Council),” Dzoro said.
Tshovani Stadium has no running water, making it impossible to irrigate the lawn. The fence is broken down and can not contain rowdy fans.
Such a stadium is now an ideal venue for church meetings and political rallies.
Dzoro noted the council had promised to address the issue in the next coming season by providing a water pump and a fence.
In the meantime, he said the club was “happy and thankful” for using Chishamiso Stadium in Hippo valley.
The facility was provided by Tongaat Hullet, which owns the giant sugar estate Hippo Valley and Triangle.
He also expressed gratitude to the local leadership such as Member of Parliament for Chiredzi North Farai Dhumo Musikavanhu and ward 4 Councillor Liberty Macharaga for their support.
These have supported the team in many ways and also advocated for the renovation of the stadium.
“I would like to thank the community and the local leadership who rallied behind us in our long journey,” said Dzoro.
Tshovani Stadium has deteriorated as evidenced by derelict walls and bare ground on the pitch.
The stadium is unsuitable for premiership matches.