Ambitious Kwekwe-based Division 2B side, Hardrock FC, has set its sights on the construction of a state-of-the-art soccer stadium to be ready for use next season, midlandsnews has established.
The stadium, to be constructed three kilometres from the Midlands mining CBD, will be financed by Hardrock Investments- owners of the second-tier football side. In an interview with this publication in Kwekwe on Saturday, Hardrock Investments Chief Executive Officer Shepherd Chahwanda said they have already secured a site for the construction of the stadium.
Chahwanda, who is widely known by the moniker Magodora, said they will soon start engaging the engineers to ascertain the cost of the envisaged stadium. Magodora said the idea to construct a soccer stadium was influenced by the desire to revive the game in Kwekwe.
“I have a passion for the game and I saw it fit to revive the game here in Kwekwe. So, I said to myself ‘I want to have my own stadium’ and only last week, we secured a site for the construction of the new stadium. I can assure you that by the end of this year, we will be putting final touches to the stadium in preparation of next season”, said Magodora.
“Our boys are currently using Amaveni Stadium as their homeground and it is also for that reason that we saw it fit to have our own home-ground. The good thing is that we have the resources and that a plus for us because the boys have the energy”, he said.
Magodora also said that they will scout for talent in local and rural schools to boost the team’s chances of gaining promotion into the relatively-competitive Central Soccer League (Division 1).
“We have quite a number of exceptionally talented youngsters in the rural areas and we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that this talent is tapped. So, we will be going into the villages searching for that talent. We will go to the rural schools and probably fuse the urban talent we already have with new blood”, he said.