Premier Soccer League debutants Tsholotsho FC have struck a deal with a local nightspot, StopOver Bar, which will see the joint as the teama��s official clubhouse in Bulawayo.
The deal between the two is set to be finalized during an official opening ceremony that will be held at the joint on Friday evening.
Tsholotsho FC had previously used other drinking haunts in Tsholotsho as clubhouses where its players could mix and mingle with fans, but with its elevation to the top flight league this year, the club felt that it would be better find a place in the City of Kings where it plays its home matches.
Club spokesperson Nompumelelo Manyathela said that the club would be using Stopover as its home off the field, with fans and rival teams free to mingle with players and staff in the aftermath of matches.
a�?We are making StopOver our clubhouse because we want a place where the players can mix and mingle with fans. From this weekend the club will use StopOver as a place where they can host rival teams for a few drinks and refreshments after a grueling match,a�? she said.
Manyathela said despite the threat of relegation from the top flight hovering over the cluba��s head, the arrangement between Tsholotsho and StopOver will continue beyond this season. The club is currently third from the bottom, level on points with 13th placed Flame Lilly.
a�?The partnership will continue even though we are third from the bottom. We are however confident that we will be able to avoid the relegation chop at the end of the season,a�? she said.
The first 200 people to make their way to the joint for the official opening will get in free of charge.