By Lawrence Trusida
ALL is set for the refurbishment of Rufaro Stadium after officials from Sakunda Holdings and Harare City Council were on an assessment tour of the historic football venue.
Works for the transformation of the country’s ceremonial home of football to international standard is set to start soon, after high ranking officials from Sakunda Holdings led by Chief Executive Officer, Kuda Tagwirei and the City of Harare assessed the facility this Tuesday.
The two parties are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) once a feasibility study and a tour of other stadia in the region are done, starting with a visit to South Africa.
Once the paperwork is done, a phased approach will be taken until the project is completed.
The stadium is not just being developed for Dynamos but for the community.
‘This is a community project, we intent to make sure that everyone benefits, it is set in the community so they are the first beneficiaries, it’s a Zimbabwean stadium built in Harare. We want to see the Premier league start using this stadium soon, but then we get to meet the FIFA requirements, and this should be a world class facility,” said Tagwirei.
The city of Harare is excited about the development.
‘We are happy with this development, we were not able to keep up with the trends, this was world class two decades ago but we failed to maintain it so this partnership will help us upgrade the stadium,” said Engineer Phakamile Moyo, City of Harare Acting Town Clerk.
The scope of work will see not only the development of Rufaro Stadium but also the surrounding facilities including the number seven grounds in Mbare National.
Although the real scope of work will be unveiled once the feasibility study is done, ZBC News is reliably informed that bucket seats will be installed right round the stadium, while changing rooms, the VIP area and a road leading to the stadium will get a facelift.
By Lawrence Trusida