By Anashe Murombedzi
HARARE Giants, Dynamos are on cloud nine after their title sponsors, Sakunda holdings, sealed a lease agreement to renovate their home ground, Rufaro Stadium which had been neglected into a state of disrepair.
Dynamos are bubbling with confidence as they eye an imminent return to their home ground Rufaro Stadium after the Harare City Council struck a deal with Sakunda Holdings that will see the energy company renovate the football facility to modern standards.
“It’s good news for the team and the fans because when Dynamos is playing at Rufaro Stadium, we feel that we are at home and our fans will be there in numbers because it is central and if we look at our history, it’s from Rufaro Stadium and it’s not an ordinary Stadium, for Dynamos to be called DeMbare, it is because of that Stadium,” said Naison Muchekela, Dynamos Assistant Coach.
Club Captain, Partson Jaure retraces memories of the Glamour Boys clinching major league titles at the ceremonial home of local football.
“Rufaro is our main home ground, the last time we took our last four league titles was at Rufaro so we are happy soon we will be back because the home atmosphere motivates and boost our play and also with the cheer from our fans,” said Jaure.
The stadium which also holds strong national history as it is Zimbabwe’s place of birth when it gained independence in 1980 had been neglected for years with the Harare city council failing to maintain it.
However, Sakunda Holdings changed water into wine after it proposed to renovate the stadium to meet FIFA standards including installing bucket seats, refurbishing the sewer and water reticulation system and constructing roads to the venue.
Sakunda will also spruce up Belgravia Sports Club which will be used as a training ground by Dynamos.
Meanwhile, Dynamos will host Tenax at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Match Day Seven fixture.