THE Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match pitting Chicken Inn and Dynamos which was pencilled for Luveve Stadium on Saturday has been moved to Barbourfields Stadium as the GameCocks aim to maximise on revenue.
Initially, indications were that the game was moved because of construction that is taking place at the stadium in preparation for the African Union Sports Council Region V Youth Games set for Bulawayo in December.
The stadium will receive a facelift on the terraces, toilets, dressing rooms and ticketing areas.
PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele confirmed the shift of venue, but said it was not due to the renovations.
“The match has been moved because the teams want a bigger venue. It has mostly to do with the attendance of the supporters and they want to capitalise on the 20% gross. Normally the teams move to a bigger venue,” he said.
Chicken Inn who are seventh on the log face defending champions Dynamos who moved a place up following their 1-0 defeat of Highlanders last weekend.
The GameCocks have lost four times since the start of the season and their major boost was beating log leaders Hwange 1-0 at the Colliery last Sunday with Thomas Chimenya’s solitary strike settling it all.
In 2011, Dynamos failed to beat Chicken Inn, but won once against them in 2012. Last season the two played 1-1 and 2-2 draws in Harare and Bulawayo respectively.
Dynamos will, however, ride on the fact that they handed Bulawayo giants Highlanders their first defeat of the season with the goal coming from Washington Pakamisa.
If How Mine fail to beat Triangle on Sunday and Hwange fall to Caps United in Harare, Dynamos who are third on the log could take the top spot if they manage to defeat Chicken Inn. The three teams have 22 points each.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas can bank on Chimenya, Mkhokheli Dube, George Majika, Clemence Matawu and Thabani Goredema.