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US$150k face lift for Gwanzura

By Munyaradzi Doma / Published on Thursday, 11 May 2017 16:13 PM / No Comments / 1733 views

11 May 2017

GWANZURA Stadium in Highfield is set for a major US$150 000 refurbishment so that that it can accommodate some Premier Soccer League matches this season.

The resolution was passed recently in council and Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni was given the mandate in terms of the law, to approve the refurbishments.

A joint Finance and Development Committee and the Information and Publicity Committee and Education, Health, Housing and Community Services and Licensing Committee reported that “after the funds have been availed, Director of Works moves in to enlarge the changing rooms, refurbish public toilets, referees changing room and terraces.”

There is also need to, “construct a medical room and tickets room, repair the durawall, upgrade turnstiles and media area, replace the existing playing turf with new kikuyu lawn and attend to the sewer back flow challenges.”

It was said that the committees heard on the “proposal to refurbish Gwanzura Stadium in order to meet the ZIFA/PSL standards and be cleared to host league and cup matches.

“The acting Director of Housing and Social Development reported that the Premier Soccer League had submitted to then Director of Housing and Community Services, a Gwanzura stadium inspection report dated 17 February 2014 highlighting areas that required upgrading to enable the Gwanzura Stadium to host league and cup matches.

“In 2014 and 2015, the Premier Soccer League banned the use of both Dzivaresekwa and Gwanzura stadia respectively citing council’s failure to renovate the facilities.

“Gwanzura Stadium however had continued to host mostly ZIFA Division One soccer matches and training sessions.

“The acting Director of Housing and Social Development also advised that the number of clubs in Harare playing in the 2017 Premier Soccer League had increased teams thereby increasing the demand for PSL accepted stadia in Harare.

“Already two clubs Yadah and Black Rhinos clubs had expressed their desire to use Gwanzura stadium by letters dated 24 February 2017 and 28 February 2017 respectively as their home ground and the challenge still remained that Gwanzura Stadium had to be renovated and pass the PSL stadia  acceptable set standards to host league and cup matches,” read the report.

If this project is completed, it will come as good news to Harare teams and soccer lovers as there has been a challenge of stadia in Harare with Rufaro Stadium also closed for renovations.

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