HIGHLANDERS club house is set for a major facelift as part of the $1m sponsorship deal the club is currently grinding out with an SA firm B-Metro can exclusively reveal.
A well placed source intimated this milestone development during an interview early this week.
“The deal between Bosso and Big Time Strategic Group will see the erection of a perimeter wall at the club house as well as the drilling of boreholes at the facility,” said the source.
Big Time Strategic Group is owned by Justice Maphosa, a Zimbabwean based in South Africa. He is also involved with the annual Gwanda Gospel Show. Last year the company was the chief sponsor of the Harare International Carnival.
The perimeter wall is about 900 metres.
The boreholes will provide water to resuscitate the training pitches that are currently an eyesore.
BTSG group corporate affairs director confirmed to our sister paper Chronicle that they were in talks with financially hamstrung Bosso.
“All I can say is yes wer are in conversation with Highlanders over a number of business issues. I will refer your inquiry for more information to our chief executive officer (Justice Maphosa),” he said.
While Bosso’s secretariat that is headed by chief executive officer Nhlanhla Dube was not in a position to comment on the pending deal, the source added: “the move will see the basketball courts and netball courts at the Highlanders Clubhouse being refurbished to make way for the clubs which were previously under the Bosso brand which have been squatting elsewhere”.
Highlanders had men and women’s basketball, football and netball, rugby, table tennis and darts teams.
The club is also reportedly looking into the issue of Hotel California with some members saying the house had to be refurbished to hostel-like standards to accommodate players with two sharing a room.
Hotel California is a house in Luveve where players used to camp, acquired by Highlanders when the former Bosso chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede was chairman in the 1980s.
Maphosa’s roots are in Gwanda and he reportedly watched a number Highlanders’ Premier Soccer League games last season
In 2016 the Bulawayo giants embarked on an ambitious project to erect a perimeter wall around the clubhouse, a venue for public events to generate money to help the 92-year-old club.
The total cost of the project was initially pegged at $151 000.
Instead of walking around with a begging bowl for donations to erect the perimeter wall, the club instead offered advertising space for companies and organisations that were willing to partner in the project.
Only a few companies that include Nokel Security, a company that is interestingly being run by the new Bosso chairman a retired colonel Kenneth Mhlophe partnered the project.