National First Division side, Blackburn Rovers, is now officially under new ownership and on the brink of moving to Durban, KZN, after Nino Chidoni confirmed his decision to take over the struggling Eastern Cape outfit.
The 59-year-old, who placed his son, Gian, in charge of the club’s marketing and public relations, is very upbeat about his new adventure which will see Amarover relocating before New Year.
“Look we’re very excited it’s all finalised, Chidoni told Soccer-Laduma. My team will be in Durban by December 28. I’ve put a proposal through to use the Riverside Sports Club next to Varsity College as our practice venue and at this stage it looks like we’ll be playing league games at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Claremont."
“Unfortunately I can’t spend the time that I need to on soccer because I have a very big business in the manufacturing, clothing and textile industry. What I’m doing is putting a pretty strong management team together and obviously run Rovers on the same principles that I run my business. At this stage I’m not interested in lying around at the bottom end of the table, that’s not what I’m in for. That’s not how I operate, the team has to be way above average.”
The karate expert and former top cyclist is determined to drive home his belief that fitness is of vital importance for his young athletes.
“There’s one thing I know put very simply,” he concluded. If you want to be an above average player, you’re going to have to be above average witness wise. So the guys must get really fit through a couple of basics which I’m going to drive through.”