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PRESIDENT Mugabe will be invited to officially open Tsholotsho Stadium upon its completion in July this year, a senior Government official said on Friday.

Speaking during a tour of the stadium site in Tsholotsho, Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs Minister Cain Mathema said inviting President Mugabe to open the stadium will further confirm the growing status of Tsholotsho as a district and emerging football powerhouse.

Mathema was speaking soon after calling for a temporary halting of construction work being carried out following the appointment of a stadium construction steering committee led by Sicelo Dube.

He said there was need to come up with a finished product that will be the pride of not only the people of Tsholotsho or Matabeleland North but the nation and region at large.

“We want a product that will make us proud, let’s do a proper thing which upon completion will be an attraction and to cap it up, we will then invite umdala (President Mugabe) to come down here and officially open the stadium,” said Mathema, to an immediate consent from the touring delegation that also included the Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo, Tsholotsho rural district councillors, its chief executive, Themba Moyo, local chiefs, Chief Magama and Chief Gampu.

Government on Friday took over construction of the stadium with Minister Moyo saying the project met the national policy planning objective and as such qualifies as a national project.

The minister is largely credited with bringing tangible development in the district that started with a wide tarred road stretching from Tsholotsho to the Gwayi area.

He also oversaw installation of tower lights in the business centre while a leading commercial bank opened a branch.

Before the tour of the stadium site, Professor Moyo and the entourage were introduced to the Tsholotsho Football Club players as well as its technical bench led by Lizwe Sweswe.

Professor Moyo seemed overjoyed when he was told that former Mighty Warriors midfielder, Sithethelewe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda, was one of the assistant coaches to Sweswe.

“Behind every successful team there is a woman,” Professor Moyo quipped.

Meanwhile, the Tsholotsho steering committee has embarked on a fund-raising drive that will complement what club president and owner Mandla Gumbo will be channelling into the club.

A raffle draw will be held in April with three lucky winners getting away with a brand new tractor, full borehole drilling equipment as well as a smartphone.

Club regalia is also being sold and on Friday, Professor Moyo bought 20 t-shirts and caps which he gave to his travelling party.

Tsholotsho FC will use White City during the first half of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season and then revert to their home ground in the second half.

Source : The Herald