A TEAM of local experts that included Confederations of African Football (CAF) instructor Wilfred Mukuna on Thursday conducted a preliminary inspection tour of Barbourfields Stadium and Luveve Stadium ahead of the continental club championships and in the process condemned the latter.
Zimbabwe’s Premier Soccer League 2015 champions Chicken Inn registered Emagumeni and Luveve as their home grounds as they are set to feature in the CAF Champions League in an inter club contest against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns in the preliminary round.
Zifa competitions and club licensing manager Weston Mabhande said: “We were just conducting a preliminary check on the two stadia. We were looking at areas that need to be attended to. It was a pre- assessment that was meant to help Chicken Inn who are our representatives in the 2016 Caf Champions League before a high powered Caf delegation comes to do another assessment. We are expecting them to come soon and with the help of these experts that we came with, we noted that there was a need to get rid of metal bar goalposts at Luveve Stadium. Actually, the proper goalposts should be made of either plastic or aluminum.”
“There is also a need for the entire fence that covers the whole stadium to be removed. We suggest that a wall be erected right round Luveve Stadium. Since we are in the rainy season, the upper VIP section needs to be totally covered. The stadium has two sets of dressings, a set that has bigger dressing rooms is ideal. However, there is a need to remove weeds at the Rest of the Ground terraces.”
Interestingly, Luveve Stadium is one of the sporting facilities in Bulawayo that managed to get a facelift prior to the country’s holding of the 2014 African Union Sports Council Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games. Turning to Babourfields Stadium, Mabhande said: “Everything seems to be okay, although the exit points from the pitch should be painted with a different colour so that people can easily see the ways out.”
The team reportedly conducted a similar exercise at Rufaro and National Sports Stadium venues that were registered by Harare City who are set to represent the country in the 2016 Caf Confederations Cup contest.