Thursday, June 1, 2023

PSL reverses ZIFA decision over Bata Stadium

…As Sheasham threatens Caps United match boycott

Tinaani Nyabereka

Gweru-based Premier Soccer League (PSL) debutants Sheasham FC have filed their concerns and displeasure to PSL and Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Football Instance Board (FIB) regarding the ban imposed on Bata Stadium saying if their grievances were not answered, they could not to participate in their forthcoming league match.
The Construction Boys are expected to clash with the Harare giants Caps United this coming weekend (at alternative home ground Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane if the matter is not resolved) with the team is currently on 13th position on the log with nine points from nine matches.
In a letter addressed to ZIFA’s Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Xolisani Gwesela and Premier Soccer League CEO, Kenny Ndebele, this week Sheasham President Clever Mandaza said he was seeking answers pertaining to the ban of the his side’s home ground.
“I am disturbed because the purported reversal of the FIB comes at a time when my team is fulfilling the conditions laid out by the FIB.
“Therefore, I ask the basis for the cancellation of the approval which was done by the FIB and why the reversal does not come through the FIB. May you be kind enough to resolve this before our next game against Caps United as my team will not be able to fulfill the match away from Bata stadium,” read the letter.
Last week the Construction Boys were given the green light to use Bata stadium as their home ground as they hosted Highlanders FC in a match which ended in a draw.
After the encounter, PSL however immediately advised that the stadium had been banned from hosting top flight matches despite the stadium having been approved by ZIFA.

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