Premiership club, Gaborone United (GU) has outlined plans to build a sporting village worth more than P70 million in Bokaa.
“About two years ago I acquired land in Bokaa. It is 15 minutes from here (Gaborone) and it is a good spot, it is in Kgatleng and we know people there love football. We have suffered as GU; we had to play in Gaborone and sometimes to travel to Molepolole (for home games). It has been difficult for our supporters, especially going there on weekends and at night. We now want a very accessible facility. With this facility, the idea is to have a mini-stadium with a capacity of between 6,000 to 7,000. It would have artificial turf and we will also have accommodation for our players and technical staff. Besides that we want other people to participate, there will be a swimming pool, volleyball courts and so on,” Zakhem said.
The passionate football boss further said the sporting village would have a leisure park and can be used for non-sporting activities.
“In addition, we will build an entertainment park, there will be a picnic area so people come to the building and enjoy themselves, bringing their families on Sundays maybe and have fun. We want the people to come and enjoy their weekends. We want to have a lodge so that the visiting teams can be accommodated at the lodge. There will be a gym room, medical room so it is a complete sporting village.”
The Reds will only be the second local club to own a private sporting facility after their cross-town rivals, Township Rollers. Zakhem who has been at Moyagoleele for nearly two decades said it is a token of appreciation to the club.
“I have been with GU for so long, we have had disputes, court cases and so forth. I can tell you that we can now say GU is united and looking to move forward. Hence it is my commitment to provide a sporting facility. This project has come along, not recently, but from 2011. This is a token of appreciation to the GU people, the supporters, the committee and everyone at the club,” he said.