NEWLY-promoted Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Mutare City Rovers have started renovations at their homeground Sakubva Stadium as they seek to impress in their maiden season in the top-flight league.
The ceremonial home of football of Manicaland has been a major concern for the past two seasons, as it did not meet PSL’s standards.
But it seems the local authority, which owns Rovers, is now leaving no stone unturned to make their brand a success this term.
In a statement on Thursday, Rovers said the renovations would be completed by the end of February, but they would have to use Vhengere Stadium for all their pre-season friendlies.
“We are currently renovating Sakubva Stadium as per Premier Soccer League grounds committee pre-requisite,” the club said. “We are upgrading the changing rooms and we have already patched the turf to the required standards. We will also put a perimeter fence and erect a doping room, replace the goal post with the aluminium required goal post.”
Relegated top-flight football side Buffaloes used the facility for the past four seasons, but cried foul time and again against the local authority who were reluctant to refurbish the facility.
At one time last year, the PSL grounds committee banned use of the stadium, saying it was unfit to host top-flight football matches, and the army side had to play their first league game against Triangle at Vhengere Stadium in Rusape, almost 90km from Mutare.
However, the PSL reversed their decision, despite the council having made half-hearted renovations.