HARARE Premiership newcomers Sheasham have disputed the Premier Soccer League (PSL)’s decision to prohibit Bata Stadium from hosting league matches and have threatened not to fulfill their upcoming match against CAPS United if the decision is not overturned.
The Gweru-based side used Bata from the time they were in the Central Region Division One.
Two weeks ago, the ZIFA First Instance Body (FIB), which is the local licensing body, gave Bata the green light to host PSL matches. However, a week later, the PSL made a U-turn and banned Bata from hosting top-flight football until construction was complete.
In a letter written by Sheasham president Clive Mandaza to the PSL, the Construction Boys questioned why the FIB, who initially gave the stadium the nod, was not involved in the banning. Part of the letter read:
“The first Instance Board having approved the use of Bata Stadium for PSL matches and my team having successfully hosted Highlanders at Bata Stadium on the 7th of May 2023…I was shocked to receive the correspondence from Mr Kenny Ndebele suspending/banning the hosting of all PSL matches purported in the interest of all football stakeholders”.
Mandaza requested the resolution before Sheasham’s next match against CAPS United, threatening to skip the fixture if it would not be played at Bata Stadium.