By SPORTS REPORTER
MOPANI Copper Mines (MCM) is to refurbish Shinde Stadium, the home of the once ‘Mighty’ Mufulira Wanderers Football Club.
MCM Chief Executive Officer Chris Vermeulen said the giant mining company was set to revive the old days of the legendary ‘Mighty’ Mufulira Wanderers by starting with the refurbishment of Shinde Stadium which was a “slaughter house” for many visiting teams.
Vermeulen said the rehabilitation of Shinde Stadium would start after the rehabilitation of the Rugby Club and other sports facilities were completed.
“We want to contribute effectively to the revival of economic and sports activities in Mufulira. So when we complete the rehabilitation of the Rugby Club, we will start the rehabilitation of Shinde Stadium, the home of the once Mighty Mufulira Wanderers.
“You cannot talk about Mufulira without the mention of Mighty Mufulira Wanderers. So we want to bring back the glory days of Mighty when no matter how strong a visiting team was, it would fall at Shinde,” Vermeulen said.
And Mufulira Mayor Gift Mushinge said he was impressed that MCM had set the stage of reviving sports in the district by rehabilitating sports infrastructure like the Rugby Club, Tennis Club and the Camp house for Mufulira Wanderers.
“The refurbishment of Shinde Stadium will bring hope to Mufulira Wanderers supporters from almost all provinces of the country. This is good news to the club supporters who have been loyal and faithful to the club even during difficult times.
“As MCM refurbishes the stadium, it should also consider rehabilitating Chawama Hall where Wanderers used to take its trophies after its victory in many cup finals. Mighty were known to be legendary cup fighters,” Mushinge said.
He said it would be impossible to write a book about Zambian football without the mention of Mufulira Wanderers because it produced quality players like the late Samuel “Zoom” Ndhlovu, Ashos Melu, Philemon Mulala, Philemon Kaunda, Kalusha Bwalya, Charles Musonda, Johnstone Bwalya, Efford Chabala and others.