MASVINGO city council is aiming at emulating Harare by establishing a team that will play in the national topflight league.
By Kelvin Mapasure
City mayor Hubert Fidze said that one of his council’s long term plans was to ensure that they have a team bankrolled by the local authority.
Fidze officiated at a Zifa Masvingo province awards ceremony held in the city yesterday.
Gutu FC won promotion into the Eastern Region Division One last year and were presented with Cuthbert Dube-sponsored shield and medals. The runners up Huruyadzo also got medals.
Since Masvingo United was relegated from the Premier Soccer League, the city has not seen topflight football.
“I have played football myself and have passion for the game,” said Fidze. “We are looking at establishing a team in a year or two and we want to make sure we go all the way to the Premier League. This city has got a good catchment area but we lose good players to Harare.”
On the other hand, Zifa president Dube promised more grassroots support with the establishment of a sports ministry.
In a speech read on his behalf by Richard Mutasa, representing Buymore Investments, sponsors of the awards, Dube pledged continued support.
“Now that the government has come in to fund national teams, it frees the funds that we get to support development,” he said. “We also hope that Masvingo can have a team in the premier league again after producing some of the best players in past years.”