Local stadia rehabilitation on course

RENOVATION of local football stadia to meet the required international standards is taking shape, with various stakeholders coming on board to upgrade the sporting facilities.
The local stadia were banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to host international matches and authorities are working flat out to ensure that these sporting facilities dotted across the country meet the required minimum set standards and perhaps give the football loving fans a chance to watch their number one sport being played on home soil.
In the wake of the CAF ban to host international matches, stadia owners are doing all they can to upgrade the country’s football stadia.
A visit to Rufaro, Gwanzura and the National Sports Stadium in Harare revealed that football stakeholders are on a mission to meet international standards with work in progress to ensure the sporting facilities are up and running.
Rufaro’s outside area is being spruced up as the Harare City Council is laying pavements which will, among other things, work as a protected car park.
It was the same at Gwanzura Stadium where the City Council is set to lay a completely new turf.
The workforce ranging from groundsmen, plumbers and welders were busy doing what they know best at the National Sports Stadium in a bid to make the stadium a topnotch facility.
Sports and Recreation Commission Director General, Prince Mupazviriho is grateful to football stakeholders saying now is the time to work on sprucing up our facilities to match required standards.
“I am very happy with the developments in the country’s football stadia, stakeholders have shown commitment and have come together to ensure the facilities are up to standard. Now is the time to work on the betterment of our facilities around the country,” he said
However, the Premier Soccer League might be faced with a number of challenges as reports suggest that all football stadia in Harare are not fit to host top flight league matches.
Meanwhile, the CAF inspection team was in the country earlier this week to check on progress made so far in the upgrading of the National Sports Stadium and Barbourfields ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers penciled for October.