The mining town of Zvishavane will for the first time enjoy continental football action after Mandava stadium was given the nod to host such games by CAF on Wednesday.
By Sportbrief Reporter
With a dark cloud hovering across the atmosphere of Zvishavane when Mandava stadium failed to meet the minimum CAF requirements back in 2012, finally, a silver lining appeared when Caf instructor Kabelo Doslong of South Africa approved the refurbished sporting facility yesterday.
The local football mother board, Zimbabwe football Association through their Communications manager Xolisani Gwesela confirmed the latest development.
“CAF has been impressed by Mandava Stadium and they have allowed FC Platinum to use the venue for their Champions League home matches. CAF also certified the facilities in Zvishavane that they have the capacity to host high profile delegates who will accompany these teams,” said ZIFA communications and competitions manager Xolisani Gwesela.
“FC Platinum will be representing Zimbabwe this year in the African Safari, so I am urging all football lovers in this country to rally behind them in these matches.
“We are happy they have been allowed to play at their home ground and we wish them all the best in this competition,” Gwesela added.
The Pure Platinum Play will face Angolan champions Clube Desportivo de Agosto on February 11 in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League 2018 edition on the week ending 9-11 February 2018.
The Zvishavane side however got a rude awakening when they lost 0-4 to Zambian giants Zanaco in a preparatory match on January 30.