HAVE you ever waited for something patiently for a long time and when the chance to get it finally arrives, someone just takes it away from you so easily?
Final whistle with Brian Nkiwane
It’s painful indeed.
This is the same predicament that both ZPC Kariba and Plumtree Chiefs Football Club supporters found themselves in after their respective clubs won the tickets to play in the topflight league only to dump them on the last hour for better venues.
ZPC Kariba supporters have for a long time waited for premiership action in the region until Jostein Mathuthu came up with a winning team that took the club to the “Promised Land”.
What does the team’s management do? They decide to shift base to Harare’s Gwanzura Stadium while renovations take place at their usual venue.
From my point of view, this is a result of poor planning. The team’s management should have started talking of renovations the time they secured a place in the premiership. By now, the stadium would be ready to host big matches.
As for Plumtree Chiefs, I know things will never be the same again with their faithful fans. They have been supporting the team for the past year since their time in the unfashionable world of Division Two.
Tsholotsho fans have been looking forward to watching big clubs such as Highlanders and Dynamos. Instead, due to financial constraints, Bulawayo Chiefs decided to merge with then Bulawayo Division One side Bantu Rovers and shifted base to the City of Kings, leaving their fans in disillusionment.
However, that has not been the case with financially troubled Eastern Region Division One champions, Hippo Valley now Chiredzi FC.
After their sole sponsor during their time in Division One, Tongaat Hullet dropped the bombshell that they were no longer able to continue sponsoring them, they did not despair or think of selling the franchise that they won in the lower veld to any other club. They decided to continue fighting together with their supporters and as we speak, the team now belongs to the community.
Thumps up to Moses Chunga and all the brains behind this noble idea.
Tripple B from Beitbridge played in the top flight league last year and they too did not dump their supporters with the exception for a few games when they hosted premiership big guns which they then shifted to much bigger venues, that is Mucheke in Masvingo.
Triangle too, came on board and played in front of their home fans.
I am convinced that the Kariba and the Tsholotsho community have been let down by the teams that they handed all their trust.
Clubs should make arrangements in time to secure home bases that will see them playing in front of their supporters that would have stood by them for many years.
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