Zimbabwe: new stadium on cards

19 February 2019

Harare City Council has revealed
plans to build a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art stadium in the south
western part of the city.

The stadium, which is expected to
cater for some of the high-profile games, is expected to be completed in the
next four years.

The city has since put aside $1,4
million to be used this year for the initial phase of the project.

More money has also been budgeted
for the refurbishment of Gwanzura, which has turned into an eyesore.

The city authorities are hoping
to have completed the repair work by August this year.

Harare City spokesperson Michael
Chideme yesterday told The Herald they have budgeted for the facility and plans
are under way to transform the area.

“This facility will be known
as Highglen Stadium. The reason is to decentralise the city’s sporting
infrastructure because you find that in that part of the city there is no
recognised sporting infrastructure.

“You will also realise that
there is a big shopping mall in that area, but it lacks patronage because there
is no activity.

“So, this stadium will help
make the area lively,” said Chideme.

Harare City Housing Director
Addmore Nhekairo said they were looking to invest more into the renovations of
existing facilities.

“Currently, we have five stadia that we have as a city, but looking at the demands that the city requires, we have decided as a city to come up with a new state-of-the-art stadium which will be located to the south of Highglen, close to the round-about.”

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