MAINLINE FC, the Zifa Southern Region 2018 season debutantes, are hell bent on turning their home ground a�� Dingumuzi Stadium a�� into a fortress to bolster their chances of surviving First Division football.
Stories of teams gaining promotion into the First Division only to be booted back to lower leagues after a single season are nothing new in local football.
In extreme cases the financial burden of travelling between Bulawayo and Matabeleland North Provinces to fulfill matches leaves teams, without sound sponsorship, on the brink of collapse.
For Mainline FC coach Charlton Gumede being in charge of a team that is bankrolled by two sponsors lifts the weight off his shoulders.
The club is owned by co-directors Mkhulunyelwa Nkomo and Jonathan Ndlovu.
a�?My job is to make sure that we turn Dingumuzi Stadium into a hunting ground where even experienced teams like Tsholotsho and Hwange will find it hard to play in. The technical team simple concentrates on playing a good brand of footall and we leave the administrative side of things to the c-owners of the club,a�? said Gumede.
True to his word Mainline FC denied Hwange a win at Dingumuzi Stadium a fortnight ago, with the teams settling for a nil all draw.
On Saturday the Plumtree based side hosts Casmyn.
Starved of professional football for a number of years, since the then Plumtree Chiefs relocated to Bulawayo, the border town community has embraced a team they proudly call their own.
Home games are pegged at $1 but that has not stopped sizeable crowds from paying to watch the team.
Saturday 16 June
ZRP Byo Prov vs Talen Vision Raylton 3pm; Indlovu Iyanyathela vs Hwange FC Brad Barracks 12pm; CIWU vs Zim Leopards Crescent 12pm; Mainline vs Casmyn Plumtree 3pm; Makomo vs Toronto Mpumalanga 3pm
Sunday17 June 2018
Moto Moto vs Tsholotsho Mpumalanga 3pm; Bosso 90 vs ZPC Hwange Luveve 3pm; NRZ Leopards vs Mosi Rovers Dete 3pm