AMBITIOUS Zifa Southern Region Division One side Talen Vision have given the first official artistic glimpse of the stadium project they are planning to build in Esigodini.
The structural, civil and architectural designs of the stadium are co-ordinated by Gwanda-born Engineer Thokozani Gama amid revelations by Umzingwane Rural District Council chief executive officer Ndumiso Mpofu that the club has been offered four to five hectares of land for the construction of the sporting facility.
Gama, who is in China where he is furthering his studies, plans to facilitate the putting up of a structure that will have a coliseum of sound and colour in the process setting the standard for one of the breathtaking stadia in Zimbabwe.
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 Grad Stand View on the design Talen Vision public relations officer Lovemore Dube said: “While we are looking forward to constructing a 5 000 to 8 000 seater, our envisaged goal is to have a facility that can play host to other sporting events like National Track and Field events. As such, the plan indicates that we will have a six lane athletics track.”
The South East Wing Arial View of the intended project further shows Talen Vision’s wish to accommodate swimming, netball, volleyball and basketball sporting groups. North West Entrances and Parking View on the design speak of a grand idea that this sports loving nation will hope that it will not get doomed to remain as sketches on the designer’s mind and notebook.
“We are now at a stage of engaging civil works and construction companies that have been involved in the construction of similar size stadiums elsewhere in the country. Several other companies of international repute are being considered.
“The company that has the best track record and value money may land the contract. We are hoping that in the year we are going to be in the Premiership, if it does not happen too soon, we will be able to set base in Esigodini where we will provide entertainment, employment and business opportunities,” said Dube.
Talen Vision have made their intentions of becoming a competitive side and gaining promotion into the elite league known. They acquired the services of former Highlanders steely defender Douglas Sibanda, Adolf Muganyi, Adrian Banana and former Bosso fringe goalkeeper Nedric Madeya and later boosted their team with Obadiah Tarumbwa from Chicken Inn and Moses Majika from Bulawayo Chiefs.
These new acquisitions all with Premiership League experience have made the Trukumb Mining Enterprises-sponsored side a very formidable side and to all and sundry, its feat is no fluke.
Though there are still games to be played, the Southern Region Division One championship battle has taken a turn to become a two-horse race between log leaders, Talen Vision and former Premiership side Bulawayo City.
However, with the arsenal at Talen Vision’s disposal, Amakhosi’s attempt for a quick return into the Premiership has been no easy ride.
In their last match, Vision who are under the guidance of Mkhuphali Masuku, Xolani “Skweya” Nkundlande and Saul “Soso” Ndlovu, clobbered Hwange-based Moto Moto 13-0 and are yet to lose a match in more than a year.
Vision striker Grey Kufandada scored four goals in the first 36 minutes. Brian Muza grabbed a hat-trick, with Adonis Nyoni and Adrian Banana each scoring a brace. Veteran striker Obadiah Tarumbwa and Mandlenkosi Gasela chipped in with a goal each.
The big win for Vision, who take on CIWU on Friday, saw them extending their unbeaten run to 21 games and open a four-point lead over Bulawayo City.
Vision have 49 points from 21 games.