WITH over 12 players back at their home bases in different parts of the country, Plumtree based outfit Mainline FC have vowed not to let the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic decimate a competitive squad the club has been building over the past three years.
Mainline FC is the only team from Plumtree that plays in the Zifa Southern Region – the country’s second tier division after the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
“About eight players are back at their homes in Bulawayo, three are in Ndolwane, and the other two in parts of rural Plumtree, our striker Mostaf Ponyera is in Gweru, which means about 14 of our players are not with us at our base in Plumtree town.
“There was nothing that we could do, but let the boys go back home until we are cleared to resume football. Once we are given the green light to start training, we will get all the players together at our base and leave it to the coaches to decide who will be part of the team going forward,” explained club secretary general Clistone Bazaya.
Mainline FC signed former TelOne striker Ponyera at the end of the 2019 football season in the hope of using the player the following year, but that was not to be as no football was played in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The club has vowed to bounce back stronger when football resumes.
“It took us over three years to build a competitive side that could beat the best in the Zifa Southern Region and we will not allow the Covid-19 pandemic to throw all that hard work down the drain.
“Every football team was affected by the pandemic but what will separate the strong from the weak is how teams will bounce back when football activities are cleared to resume,” said Bazaya.