Dembare, Council in talks over Rufaro

17 Dec, 2021 - 13:12 0 Views
Dembare, Council in talks over Rufaro Dynamos

H-Metro

Talent Gore, Sports Reporter
Dynamos have requested to be granted long-term lease, by the City of Harare, for the use of Rufaro.
In return, the club have offered to develop the stadium to meet international standards.

In a council meeting held recently, the city fathers resolved that Dynamos officials should be invited to come and make its presentation on their offer.

This could be done before Council granted authority to the Acting Town of Clerk to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the club.

The Education, Health, Housing and Community services and licensing committee heard that Dynamos and its sponsors had approached Council with a proposal to develop Rufaro Stadium to international standards.

“In a proposal sent to the council by Dynamos football club, the club said it would develop a world-class soccer field with excellent turf, irrigation systems and good drainage that allows matches to continue even when raining,” the minutes read.

“There will be the installation of spectator bucket seats that meet CAF and FIFA specifications, construction of supporting facilities including changing rooms, toilets, media rooms that comply with CAF and FIFA requirements.

“Installation of lighting systems that meet CAF and FIFA specifications, installation of electronic turnstiles and ticketing system.”

The committee also heard that the club would install a perimeter fence.

Dynamos also offered to have “offices to let to business, restaurants, sports shops, etc to ensure that the centre carried commercial activities every day of the week, and any other improvements required to support the recommendations from CAF and FIFA.”

In return, Dynamos wanted a long-term lease for use of Rufaro.

“The Committee discussed the matter expressing the need for clarification on whether it was Dynamos or their sponsor mentioned in the meeting who had offered to refurbish Rufaro Stadium,” the minutes read.

“It also asserted that the offer needed to be clear on what they intended to do, the term “long lease” was too broad to enable council to understand the duration of the intended timeframe of the proposed Memorandum of Agreement.”

Rufaro, the spiritual home of domestic football, is in very bad shape and has been barred from hosting domestic PSL matches.

It’s not the first time DeMbare have come with a similar proposal. Neither is it the first time a local Premiership club have asked for a lease to take over the use and management of a stadium.

Yadah, through their owner Prophet Walter Magaya, applied for a similar deal at Chitungwiza Town Council, for the use of Chibuku, but were turned down.

Magaya had wanted to renovate the stadium as part of giving back to his hometown of Chitungwiza, where he grew up.

However, some councilors became greedy and prioritised their pockets, instead of the community, leading to the collapse of the deal.
Today, Chibuku is one of the worst stadiums in the country.

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