AMBITIOUS Zifa Southern Region Division One side Talen Vision have started work on the construction of a 10 000-seater stadium in Esigodini.
The club’s publicity and marketing manager Juma Phiri told this publication that a soil testing exercise was recently done on the five-hectares of land they acquired in 2019 for the building of the sporting facility. Fifteen pits were dug more than a fortnight ago and they await the soil testing results.
Talen Vision are sponsored by Filabusi-based Trukumb Mining Private Limited.
“The soil testing results will determine how deep the constructors will go in constructing the infrastructure. No one will want to build something that will collapse, as such we are patiently waiting for the soil testing results,” said Phiri.
Without revealing monetary figures, Juma said the stadium, which will have a Fifa-approved pitch and a B arena would be constructed in phases.
“It’s unfortunate, I can’t reveal the monetary figures involved, but the stadium will be constructed in phases on that huge piece of land. We also love to engage local constructors to do the job and in the building of the stadium, we want to realise our club president’s (Khumbulani Nkomo) dream. He is the brains behind this project and we are in full support of his dream to have Talen Vision have its own facility. We are looking forward to providing entertainment, employment and business opportunities,” said Phiri.
An official artistic glimpse of the stadium project released in late 2019 shows that the stadium will feature a state-of-the-art roof, which will light up from the underside in the home team’s colours and reflect noise back into the stadium to amplify the atmosphere.
Referring to the stadium’s North West Grand Stand View on the design, Juma asserted that their envisaged goal was to have a facility that could play host to other sporting events like national track and field events.
The South East Wing Aerial View of the intended project further shows Talen Vision’s wish to accommodate a swimming, netball, volleyball and basketball sporting groups. North West Entrances and Parking View on the design speak of a grand idea.
Talen Vision have made their intentions of becoming a competitive side and gaining promotion into the elite league known. Last week they acquired the services of former Highlanders striker Mkhokheli Dube who joined fellow veterans that include Obadiah Tarumbwa, Zephania Ngodzo, Cannan Nkomo, free scoring Grey Kufandada, Mandlenkosi Gasela and dreadlocked goalkeeper London Zulu among others.
The team is now under the guidance of ex-Bosso and CAPS United gaffer Mark Mathe who will be assisted by the newly hired Try Ncube, a Zifa Southern Region Division One winning coach.