Yadah Football Club owner, Prophet Walter Magaya, has initiated the construction of a 40,000-seater stadium at Yadah Hotel in Waterfalls, Zimbabwe. The visionary project, resembling the design of Swansea Stadium in South Wales, is progressing rapidly since its commencement last month.
Magaya expressed the intention to have the stadium ready for Premier Soccer League games, with plans to host matches before the end of the season. The construction adheres to all required procedures, with necessary approvals obtained from the City Council and relevant authorities.
“We are working 24 hours on the site, and the plan is to play some games there before the end of the season. We have followed all the procedures of submitting the papers to the City Council and all the relevant authorities who have received them very well,” Magaya stated.
The initial phase involves the construction of a 5,000-seater facility, and upon completion, the stadium will boast a full capacity of 40,000 seats. Magaya envisions the facility not only as Yadah FC’s home ground but also as a venue accessible to other football clubs. Dressing rooms meeting the standards set by the Premier Soccer League and CAF will be incorporated into the design.
Presently, no stadium in Harare meets the criteria for hosting PSL matches, prompting major clubs like Dynamos and CAPS United to utilize alternative venues in Bulawayo and Gweru. Rufaro Stadium, previously a viable option, is undergoing renovations by the Harare City Council.
The National Sports Stadium, which served as the home ground for eight out of the 18 top-flight league teams at the start of the 2023 season, is undergoing refurbishments to meet international standards, aligning with Zimbabwe’s reintegration into the global football community.