Tsholotsho approach Jonathan Moyo for stadium

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INFORMATION minister Jonathan Moyo

PREMIER Soccer League (PSL) new boys Tsholotsho FC are adamant they will play their league games in Tsholotsho as they bank on the business community, the council and recently approached Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo to assist in the construction of a stadium to meet top-flight standards.

RONALD MOYO
SPORTS REPORTER

They have until end of February to finish construction of the stadium since the 2015 season starts in March.

Failure to do that, will force them to move to the newly renovated and now modern White City Stadium in Bulawayo, 115km away.

It looks the Matabeleland North-based side are done with its paper work as they are confident that they will play their PSL matches in Tsholotsho, but it appears it wont be any time soon.

Tsholotsho FC
Tsholotsho FC

The club has been working with the Tsholotsho Council and the business community in trying to fulfill their dream of completing the stadium before the start of the new season.

The 2014 Zifa Southern Region Division One league champions have approached Jonathan Moyo to help the team.

Club chairman Mlamuli Phiri told Southern Eye Sport on Saturday that Moyo had been approached and the minister’s response had been promising.

Moyo assisted in the individual awards winning ceremony catering for expenses including player of the year prize money which saw midfielder Butholezwe Ncube walking away $250 richer.

“We would like to engage people like minister Jonathan Moyo. He contributed a lot to the success of this event. We have communicated with him (Moyo), he once put an effort to that stadium, but it was vandalised.

Moyo is a man who likes development, he will assist here and there,” Phiri said.

Million Siwela a representative of the business community encouraged people of Tsholotsho to work together towards the construction of the stadium.

“Mandla (Manyathela) has brought the people of Tsholotsho together. We have the team, but we don’t have a stadium. As the business community, we will work with the council and other stakeholders to make sure that by the time the league starts we will be having something tangible,” said Siwela.

An architectural plan for the stadium is already in place.

Should Moyo commit himself to his home team, he will become one of the few politicians who invest in football in the country.

Club director Mandla Manyathela rubbished rumours that the club might sell the franchise to relegated Bantu Rovers.

He said he was aware of speculations from some sections of the media that Bantu Rovers was chasing Tsholotsho franchise.