Minister Fumes At Football Boss Over Condemned Stadium
Minister of State for Manicaland Province Ellen Gwaradzimba is convinced that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) is sabotaging the province after it decided against Rusape’s Vengere Stadium hosting elite matches.
Gwarazimba’s venom was directed at the PSL Chief Executive Officer, Kenny Ndebele who she accused of unilaterally making the decision.
Gwarazimba, who is the patron of Mutare based Manica Diamonds FC, said:
I do not know what he (Ndebele) is trying to prove. He is sabotaging the team and this is no longer football. Maybe he has other motives other than football.
This is sabotage. I am going to Harare and I want to get to the bottom of this. I will meet the relevant authorities regarding this issue.
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The whole province cannot suffer because of one person. I don’t understand what he is talking about in terms of the ground’s preparedness.
How can one person overturn a decision made by a committee that went on the ground to inspect the stadium? This is totally unfair.
On May 14, the Zimbabwe Football Association wrote to Rusape Town Council and Kenny Ndebele notifying them of the approval of the stadium.
However, in response, Ndebele wrote that the stadium is not fit to be used for PSL matches. The letter reads in part:
We are concerned about the state of the playing surface which is uneven and the surface below and around the western goal area is bumpy and uneven.
The available doping and first aid room were noted to be far and outside of the dressing rooms area and not fully equipped with all the necessary medical equipment.
Manica Diamonds FC is currently using Gibbo Stadium in Triangle as its home ground.