THE much talked about a�?mergera�? between Bantu Rovers FC and struggling Premier Soccer League side Mutare City Rovers is a pie in the sky whose talks have never been formalised, let alone reach executive level, an official has said.
Bantu Rovers is a former PSL club that had Methembe Ndlovu and an overseas football tycoon a�� Peter Grieve a�� as the principal directors.
The two parted ways last year.
After the split Wilbert Sibanda, the Bantu Rovers general manager, was elevated to the position of chief executive officer of the professional football side while Ndlovu took over the reins as Bantu Rovers Youth Development Academy.
Sibandaa��s professional side, however, took a hiatus in 2018 with plans to bounce back next year.
a�?There has been so much talk about Bantu Rovers merging with Mutare City Rovers and I have received inquiries from journalists from that part of the country (Manicaland Province) and my response remains the same that no such thing (merger) is happening.
a�?Ita��s common knowledge that we (Bantu Rovers) took a sabbatical in 2018 while the academy, which is under Methembe Ndlovu, is playing in the Zifa Bulawayo Province Division Two League,a�? said Sibanda.
Suggestions have been that Mutare City Rovers hopes to survive relegation by partnering with Bantu Rovers, whose human capital resources and playersa�� pool is impressive.
Bantu Rovers has over the years produced stars such as Kudakwashe Mahachi, Danisa a�?Decoa�? Phiri, Teenage Hadebe and Marvellous Nakamba just to mention a few.
Things have not been rosy for Mutare City Rovers in the 2018 Castle Lager Premiership.
Eleven points from 19 matches to anchor the PSL log standings speaks volumes about how the team is struggling.
Chopping and changing coaches hasna��t helped either.
Former head coach Joseph Takaringofa was fired and replaced by Rodwell Dhlakama but nothing has changed since then.