Rufaro not ready for football matches

Farirayi Kahwemba

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) normalisation committee has revealed that Rufaro Stadium is not yet ready to host Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches.

The stadium – which is the traditional home ground for Harare-based teams such as Dynamos – is undergoing renovations and upgrades so that it conforms to international standards in line with expectations from CAF and FIFA.

The Harare City Council was forced to cancel the commissioning of Rufaro Stadium – which had been scheduled for August 10 – had to be called off at the last moment, after it was discovered that the facility was not yet ready to be opened for football purposes.

A letter written to the Harare Town Clerk by the ZIFA First Instance Board (FIB), which has been seen by Review & Mail, raised these concerns.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association has learnt through media reports of the commissioning of Rufaro Stadium slated for August 10.

“ZIFA would like to categorically state that the stadium is still not homologated to host any Premier Soccer League matches,” reads the letter.

“The council is advised to ensure that the stadium is inspected before hosting any topflight league matches,” reads the letter.

This development effectively shuts the door on the possibility of domestic top-flight football returning to Harare anytime soon.

As things stand, Dynamos and the other Harare-based clubs are playing their home matches outside the capital city until either Rufaro or the National Sports Stadium are upgraded to international standards.

This state of affairs means that Harare football supporters are not able to watch live matches until the renovations of the facilities have been completed.

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