Hostilities between Highlanders and Chapungu heightened after word went round Highlanders fans had booked for their club to train at Ascot Stadium when they touch down on Friday ahead of Saturday’s match.
“Waru Waru” as Chapungu is affectionately known, uses the venue at its home games and training sessions. Ascot is owned by Gweru City Council. Chapungu chairman Ackroid Moyo said that Highlanders would not be allowed to train at the match venue. When he was interviewed by Soccer24 he said,
We are not going to allow them to train there because where else have you heard such things happening. Have they allowed us to use Barbourfields during all these years. All we want is fair play and if they entertain any chances of training then they should use other venues which is not Ascot because it is ours.
However, Peter Dube the Highlanders chairman said he is not aware of the developments and said they had not made such arrangements. However, a receipt seen by Soccer24 shows that Highlanders had paid $17, 50 to use Ascot Stadium which was signed by a Ndlovu who is employed by council.