By Lawrence Trusida
RENOVATIONS at one of the country’s iconic football grounds, Gwanzura Stadium, are on course after the intervention of the Office of the Presidential Envoy and Ambassador at Large (OPEAAL), Uebert Angel.
Built in the 1960s by the late national hero, Eric Gwanzura and his brother Phanuel, the stadium has been home to a number of history-making teams that include Dynamos, Caps United, Black Pool and Black Aces, to mention just but a few.
The clubs have produced epic matches in this stadium and these include the 1969 cup final between Wankie and Arcadia United, the 1998 showdown between Caps United and Black Aces were Mike Madzivanyika and Francis Jayman ran the show.
The 1995 Madison Trophy final between Highlanders and Black Aces is another encounter difficult to forget, when Benjamin Konjera inspired the Bulawayo giants to a 3-2 victory.
In 2008 a Benjamin Marere pile-driver gave Dynamos victory over Tunisian giants, Etoile Sporting Sahel, in the Champions League.
More memories will be created as the facility is now being spruced up following Angel’s intervention.
“The Officer of the Ambassador at large has committed US$50 000 to improve this stadium and we are hoping that by June it will be ready to host matches,” said Partson Mangwiro-Chikwaka, chairman of the City of Harare Education, Health, Housings, Community Services and Licensing Committee.
OPEAL Chief investment officer, Dr Sobona Mtisi said they have committed to see the stadium meet international standards.
“Even if our initial investment does not see us till the end, we are prepared to invest more money into it. The call was made by the President, Dr E.D. Mnangagwa and we heeded it and we are going to invest in sports facilities.”
The targeted areas of improvement are the turf, media facilities and VIP area, the changing rooms and the toilets.