BEITBRIDGE Town’s top football club Dulibadzimu United, opens its campaign for honours and promotion into top flight football at home against Vumba Chikwe FC this Saturday, according to ZIFA fixtures.
The Division One side, the only Zimbabwe Football Association registered team in the border town, is exploring its dream in the jungles of the Central Region safari.
It comes to action almost two years after the suspension of active football due to Covid 19 restrictions.
Elsewhere Zimbabwean premiership soccer is already on course and other Division One regions kicked off two weeks back.
A referee’s refresher workshop saw the postponement of Central Region fixtures.
Dulibadzimu chairman Ephart Shoko said preparations have been ongoing behind the curtains and his 30 man squad aims at putting smiles on the Beitbridge residents’ faces.
“The team has been going on with its backroom preparations on display come Saturday. Covid 19 has been prohibitive financially but we have assembled a squad with the little resources we have and I should hasten to thank everyone who has put a helping hand,” he said.
“But our journey is only starting. We are allowed a small crowd due to the epidemic upon us but we urge all people to vaccinate, test and come to support the Premier League dream at hand. It’s possible if people are behind the team,” he said.
“We will observe all Covid 19 protocols according to international standards. We have been given the guidelines and we will comply,” he said.
Team Secretary Mandla Combat Moyo said the team is raring to go to destination premiership.
“That’s our target. We need our supporters. People should understand this team is wholly owned by the community and the same community must build it’s team and it’s dreams, ” he said.
“We appeal to the business community to move in and assist. Everything in the town is growing and so should our team,” Moyo said.
The team has been allowed to use Dulibadzimu and Mabhidhi Stadiums as their home grounds.
ZiFA inspectors were in Beitbridge last week to check on the Stadiums and the both were given the nod with a few improvements needed.
Dulibadzimu will require a secure perimeter fence against pitch invasions while touch ups are needed in the dressing rooms and entrance facilities.
At Mabhidhi dressing rooms are under construction at the newly developed eye-catching arena.
Dulibadzimu United is under the watchful eye of Stanley Ncube as head coach and Moyo said the executive was expected to give him and his players official contracts in the week.
Ncube kept the team together throughout the Lockdown period.
Beitbridge football fans have been invited to what promises to be an explosive encounter when the team, a mixture of youth and experience goes hunting.
In a recent interview Ncube said his lads are ready and fans should come expecting maximum entertaining football.
“We are positive we will cause a lot of upsets within the region. We have some exciting players built around old and new talent,” said Ncube.
The squad amongst new players comprises former top flight players Vincent Jere (FC Platinum), Shepherd Chirape (Border Strikers), Jimmy Matambanadzo (Chapungu Nechruit) Ephraim Mwinga (ZPC Kariba, Triangle Border Strikers), Captain Leeroy Rwokuda (Tsholotsho , Tel One FC and
Forward Makambanga (Whawha).