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Fifa inspects Rufaro Stadium

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Fifa consultant Ayben Greenfield is expected in Harare tomorrow to inspect Rufaro Stadium as well as a new site at the Zifa Village where the association intends to construct a stadium.

Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze said the Fifa consultant would meet with the association’s leadership on Friday after which he would visit the Zifa Village in Mt Hampden.

“We are expecting the Fifa consultant on Thursday (tomorrow). We will then have a meeting with him on Friday before he tours the Zifa Village. Basically he is coming to inspect the site where we want to build the stadium.

“The site has already been approved by Fifa and his visit is to have us kickstart the construction,” said Mashingaidze.

The Zifa boss also said Greenfield would inspect the maintenance of Rufaro Stadium.

“He is also coming to inspect Rufaro. Basically he will be looking at issues of maintenance,” said Mashingaidze.

Zifa believe the construction of a stadium at Mount Hampden will help ease their financial
worries, as they will not be paying Harare City Council which owns current stadia.

“We believe the construction of the new stadium will see Zifa making profit,” said Zifa president Cuthbert Dube at the weekend.

“Right now we are not getting anything because the city council gets a very big chunk whenever we have an international match and that leaves us with nothing. It does not make business sense at all to continue like this. We are determined to see to it that we have our own stadium.”

Zifa is technically insolvent and last month had all its movable property, including computers and desks, attached by the Deputy Sheriff over a debt owed to various service providers, among them, Pandhari Lodge.

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