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Harare City Council Urged to Depoliticize Rufaro Stadium

Harare football powerhouse, Dynamos, celebrated a dual victory by clinching the Chibuku Super Cup and securing a spot in the CAF Confederation Cup after a nine-year hiatus. However, concerns loom over the Confederation Cup’s future following CAF President Patrice Motsepe’s hint at its potential cancellation, citing an overcrowded football calendar.

Dynamos, eager to participate in continental competitions, faces the risk of tournament disbandment in the year of their return. Additionally, uncertainties surround their choice of venue, as both the National Sports Stadium and Rufaro Stadium await CAF approval for hosting international matches.

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While plans to refurbish the National Sports Stadium are underway, Dynamos prefers Rufaro but faces venue challenges. In a positive turn, Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume announced a proposed long-term lease for Dynamos and CAPS United to jointly use Rufaro, similar to AC Milan and Inter Milan sharing the San Siro in Italy.

However, Rufaro’s unavailability for international matches hinders the proposed lease agreements. Despite CAF’s recommendation for turf reconstruction, renovations are deferred until late 2024. The political impasse with Sakunda Holdings further complicates matters, as the potential long-term lease for Dynamos coincides with Sakunda being their primary sponsor. A pragmatic approach is crucial to address challenges and prioritize football benefits over political considerations.

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