SPORTS clubs, gyms and athletics associations all have one thing in common: lots of clothes and materials to wash, including locker room towels and sports clothes.
It is not hard to believe that whoever is required to keep them washed and clean has a lot of laundry to do everyday. Mud, sweat, grass stains — it is easy to imagine the need for washers and dryers that do their job well in a short time.
In the local football scene, it has been alleged that some local outfits, after being eluded by positive results, resort to washing their match day kits in “dark corners” supposedly mixing washing water with some “juju” stuff.
However, thanks to Miravana Enterprises, 2019 Premier Soccer League championship contenders Chicken Inn have made a huge technological leap following the former’s timely donation of a washing machine.
The donation is expected to ease laundry day headaches for the team’s kit attendant Stanley “Chitungwiza” Mukosera who has dutifully hand-washed the kit since 2013.
“I have been doing laundry for Chicken Inn for the past six years. It was a very challenging experience but I’m happy that courtesy of the washing machine donation my job has been made easy. People should now expect to see more and more of immaculately dressed Chicken Inn players,” said Mukosera who also takes pride in the fact that he was the one who took care of Gamecocks’ playing kits when they won their inaugural championship in 2015.
Miravana Enterprises director Delight Dube said it was the breathtaking way of doing things at Gamecocks that forced him to stretch his long helping hand.
“It is how things are done at Chicken Inn that have made me fall in love with this team. The orderliness of the club is just but out of this world and it has compelled me to donate this washing machine to them. I will always be a Chicken Inn fan through and through. The machine is valued at R4 500,” said Dube.
Ecstatic Chicken Inn chairman Juta Tshuma said the gesture resonated with their big stature in the local topflight league.
“This makes us move with time. We are a club that is sponsored by a big brand and we cannot be seen washing our uniforms at dark corners like what other clubs allegedly do. We are one of the big teams in the league and arguably the first to have a washing machine. As such, we are grateful to our all-weather friend Delight Dube. He has been with us since our days in Division Two. Chitungwiza will remain in charge of our kits,” said Tshuma.
Seated on position three, Gamecocks entertain log leaders CAPS United in a mid-week encounter set for Wednesday at either Luveve Stadium or Barbourfields Stadium.
This publication has it on good authority that Gamecocks have since written to PSL secretariat seeking to have their duel against Makepekepe moved from Luveve to the much bigger Emagumeni.