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Relegation of two council-owned teams exposes urban councils

By Mthokozisi Dube

THE relegation of two council-owned premier soccer league teams, Bulawayo City and Harare City has exposed urban councils for poor administration after the two sides went down for the second time in their history.

Harare city and Bulawayo city seem to have learnt nothing after bowing out of the top flight once again.

It is not the first time that two council-owned teams have been relegated after Harare City were relegated in 2017 while Bulawayo City went down in 2018.

It was the same old script this season after the two teams were coincidentally relegated from the top flight after a poor 2022 campaign.

While the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Napoli are the pride of the cities they are named after, the same cannot be said of Bulawayo City and their Harare counterparts.

Experts argue that this sums up the ineptitude of people at the helm of the clubs as alluded to by the chairperson of the Bulawayo United Residents Association Winos Dube.

“On a lighter note, the two exits of these teams is confirmation of what stakeholders have been saying about the lack of service delivery satisfaction. It is a good thing that council has these teams as is the case worldwide but they need to up their game in running the affairs,” he said.

Whether the two council-owned sides will bounce back again is a story for another day, what remains a fact is that they have perfected the art of failure.

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