Talen Vision to build stadium in Esigodini . . . Turn down Prophet Magaya . . . Bulawayo Chiefs for possible partnerships

30 Aug, 2019 - 00:08 0 Views
Talen Vision to build stadium in Esigodini . . . Turn down Prophet Magaya . . . Bulawayo Chiefs for possible partnerships Khumbulani Nkomo


Fungai Muderere

AMBITIOUS Southern Region Division One side Talen Vision are in the process of acquiring land for the purposes of building their own stadium in Esigodini, B-Metro Sport has learnt.

Club president Khumbulani Nkomo was on Wednesday at Esigodini council offices making frantic efforts to get an offer letter for the land they intend to put up the structure on.

“I can confirm that we are aiming to build our own stadium in Esigodini. As I speak I am at Esigodini council offices trying to get our offer letter for the land that we intend to use for the project,” said Nkomo. 

The club enjoys sound sponsorship that comes courtesy of Trukumb Mining Enterprises who in the past years bankrolled an invitational Joshua Mqabuko Cup for Southern Region Division One clubs.

Against a background of a false start to a similar project in Tsholotsho, Nkomo said:

“We are a very ambitious club and in that regard we will not tire to give back to the community through football. We have all the potential and after turning down a number of Premier Soccer League clubs for possible partnerships, the building of our own stadium in Esigodini is on top of our five-year strategic plan,” said Nkomo.

With the prevailing economic hardships a number of PSL clubs have found it hard to cope with the financial demands of the country’s elite football league.

Even though Nkomo could not reveal the name of the clubs that have approached them for co-operation impeccable sources said the football-mad Prophet Walter Magaya’s Yadah FC and Bulawayo Chiefs were some of the PSL outfits that had made advances of possible partnerships with Talen Vision.

In early January, there was wild speculation that the Yadah FC franchise would be put on the market with a number of clubs, notably former PSL outfits Nichrut and Bulawayo City, being possible suitors to take over the slot.

As if that was not enough, in April The Herald reported that Magaya had put Yadah FC on sale so that he could concentrate on promoting other sports within his church and in the country. 

Yadah FC have been playing top-flight football since the start of 2017 season.

In 2018, Magaya wanted to quit the club following a fallout with the PSL over what he believed was unfair treatment by the league bosses. 

Chiefs are operating on a shoe-string budget but with minimal resources last season, they managed to escape relegation, something “well-resourced” clubs such as Mutare City Rovers and Bulawayo City, both bankrolled by their local municipalities, failed to do after they were relegated alongside Nichrut and Shabanie Mine.

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