By Kenias Chivuzhe
Mutare-based premier league side Manica Diamonds have resumed training ahead of the coming season eyeing a top four finish, with head coach, Johannes Nhumwa optimistic of a successful campaign.
Nhumwa revealed that all players turned up for training and they tested negative for COVID-19, thereby setting pre-season preparations into motion as the team eyes a top four finish.
“We have started training and we are targeting top four finish after having managed a fifth position last season. All the players have turned up for training and we have been joined by Pascal Manhanga from Bulawayo FC.
“Some of the key players we have include Lawrence Masibhera, Peace Makaha, Talent Chamboko, Tawanda Nyamandwe, Lucky Vudhla and Ashley Reinnes among others,” said Johannes Nhumwa, Manica Diamonds head coach.
Manica Diamonds Chairperson, Masimba Chihowa says progress in the renovation of Sakubva Stadium is encouraging, while Mutare City Council Public Relations Officer, Spren Mutiwi is optimistic that the local stadium will be given the nod to host premier soccer league games.
Manica Diamonds Chairperson Masimba Chihohwa said, “The city fathers have done a lot of work here and we are very happy with the progress. We think the next assessment will definitely give a go ahead for the stadium to host PSL matches.”
“We are moving very fast to conclude outstanding works before the next inspection date. We are very much confident that Sakubva will once again host premier soccer league matches,” explained Mutare city council public relations officer Spren Mutiwi.
The stadium’s turf has been maintained, with the drainage system also having been improved, and giving hope to local football fans that they will watch their two teams – Manica Diamonds and the new comers Tenax FC when the new season starts.