IN a move that could change the face of football in this country, Sakunda Holdings are set to give Rufaro Stadium a massive face-lift after securing the iconic venue on a long-term lease from Harare City Council.
The energy giants, who also bankroll traditional local football powerhouses Dynamos and Highlanders, have agreed to upgrade the Mbare facility into a modern stadium that meets international standards and they have been given the naming rights too.
This follows their audacious application to Harare City Council for a lengthy adoption of the long neglected ground some few months ago.
And the municipality, who have been deliberating the issue for a long time now, agreed after a full council meeting last week to let out the stadium to the entity. Rufaro has not been able to host local football matches for some years now due to lack of maintenance. The stadium had become an eyesore due to the continued neglect and dilapidation.
But, under the proposed arrangement, Sakunda Holdings are expected to upgrade the entire stadium, including the playing turf, install bucket seats on the terraces and rehabilitate the outside pitches, including help in the resurfacing of the surrounding road network.
In their application to the municipality, the company promised to develop the ground into a world-class facility.
“Following the decision to support soccer (football) in Zimbabwe, and working through two of the country’s leading soccer (football) clubs and their communities at large, Sakunda, in its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, seeks to work with the City of Harare and achieve the following: