Rovers set­tle for Ven­gere

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Ray Bande Se­nior Sports Reporter

MUTARE City Rovers have been granted per­mis­sion to use Ven­gere Sta­dium in Rusape and will host Harare City on Easter Mon­day as the Premier­ship re­turnees con­tinue play­ing their home matches away from home. The match starts at 3pm. Af­ter be­ing barred from us­ing Sakubva Sta­dium as their home ground ow­ing to its derelict state, Mutare City Rovers played their first home match of the sea­son in Harare at the giant Na­tional Sports Sta­dium on Satur­day.

The match against Cha­pungu was the sec­ond league as­sign­ment for Gusha Bhora and just like their sea­son opener they lost it 3-2.

City Rovers chief of pro­to­col Ben­jamin Chindima con­firmed that they have been per­mit­ted to play their homes matches at Ven­gere Sta­dium.

“We are a bit re­lieved that we will be play­ing our home matches at Ven­gere Sta­dium. Apart from it be­ing nearer to Mutare in terms of dis­tance we are in the same prov­ince with Rusape there­fore it gives us a sense of be­long­ing even for the Rusape fans.

“We urge the peo­ple of Rusape to turn out in their num­bers to sup­port their team and even Mutare fans can now eas­ily travel to watch their team in ac­tion.

“This does not mean we are now re­lax­ing as far as ren­o­va­tions of Sakubva Sta­dium are con­cerned. We will con­tinue push­ing for speedy ren­o­va­tions and en­sure that we re­vert to Sakubva when it meets the re­quired stan­dards,” said Chindima.

The Mutare City Rovers chief of pro­to­col made a pas­sion­ate plea on his Face­book page for fol­low­ers of the game of foot­ball in Mutare to rally be­hind the club for the love of the city and the prov­ince.

He said: “Ladies and gen­tle­man this is a unique post. De­rived from the great South African nov­el­ist Na­dine Gordimer who once said, ‘A truly liv­ing hu­man be­ing can­not re­main neu­tral’.

“I guess that is why when I write this I am alive to the idea that so many of us here are an­i­mated by the idea of build­ing a bet­ter Mutare City Rovers, a bet­ter team from Man­i­ca­land and above all a bet­ter Eastern Re­gion rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

“All of us carry the be­lief that through sport and soc­cer in par­tic­u­lar and out of the ashes of eco­nomic hard­ships and trou­bles, a united prov­ince can emerge.

“We are sad­dened by the fact that for the past two decades we have failed to have a soc­cer team that can com­pete at a level where we can con­trib­ute a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of the play­ers to the na­tional team, de­spite Eastern Re­gion be­ing the epit­ome of in­dus­tries which can sup­port the growth of soc­cer. I im­plore you ladies and gen­tle­man wher­ever you might be to re-think and relook at this team called Mutare city rovers.

“It is our team and the present am­bas­sadors of our prov­ince the same way that we have Dy­namos and Caps United in Harare, High­landers in Bu­l­awayo, Ngezi and FC Plat­inum in Mid­lands. This year 2018 should be a unique year for Man­i­ca­land. Let us put our heads to­gether and help the play­ers achieve their dreams. This is a year of a new dis­pen­sa­tion and through our col­lec­tive ef­forts we can achieve our goals.

“Some­times we dis­agree with each other be­cause we care so much about the fu­ture of our team. And that is okay. It is healthy for us to en­gage in ro­bust de­bates, but equally there is no room for those who want to di­vide us. We must chal­lenge each other’s ideas in a con­struc­tive man­ner.

“For this is how we can learn from each other and grow stronger. We are guided by our val­ues and it is th­ese val­ues for our prov­ince that should unite us.

“Re­cently, I wit­nessed hun­dreds of com­pa­nies at the Golden Pea­cock, they were all branded ‘Man­i­ca­land is now open for busi­ness’ and I im­plore the same to hap­pen for our foot­ball team. At the mo­ment Mutare City Rovers is equal to ‘Man­i­ca­land’ City Rovers. This is what we should achieve if we are to suc­ceed as a prov­ince. The team needs your help, the guys need your hand­outs, they are your sons and I am con­vinced this time they will work tire­lessly to pre­serve Premier League in Man­i­ca­land.

“I hope this post will touch a heart, be it a busi­ness man, a par­ent or any other. If you go to Harare you see play­ers be­ing treated like kings yet we let our own sons from sub­urbs such as Chikanga and Sakubva to toil ev­ery­day but not ap­pre­ci­ate their ef­forts.

“Thank you to all who made the fundrais­ing din­ner a suc­cess.

“May God con­tinue to add from where you re­moved and shared with the boys. We must stay res­o­lute as a prov­ince and com­mit­ted to a sys­tem that will pro­tect our own.

“Let us unite, let us bring ideas to the team and in clos­ing let me quote the words of the Amer­i­can writer Maya An­gelon when she said ‘The thing to do, it seems, is to pre­pare your­self so you can be a rain­bow in some­body else’ cloud, some­body who may not look like you.’

“So I urge all of us ladies and gen­tle­man to be the rain­bow to the play­ers, to be the rock that they can build their dreams on,” reads Chindima’s state­ment on his Face­book time­line.

Ben­jamin Chindima

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