Mufakose soccer fans and surrounding areas are set for exciting times after council agreed to repair Mufakose Stadium to meet the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) and Premier Soccer League (PSL) standards for Division 1 matches.
This follows the requests by the recently promoted Division 1 outfit Mufakose United Football Club to have the stadium revamped for use in their home matches in the 2017 season.
The club offered to provide a perimeter fence and gates for the stadium.
Acting Housing and Social Development Director, Rtd Major Mathew Marara recently reported to council that this was in line with the department’s vision.
“Football and netball activities have been increasing in recent years following the open grounds restoration programme which has seen all open grounds in high density suburbs reclaimed.
“The department is desirous to bring back Division One Football in the communities through rehabilitation of all fenced grounds,” he said.
The department has so far levelled thirteen open grounds and erected twenty five pairs of football and netball goalposts.
In 2015, Harare City Football Club donated goalposts to various wards in the city to kick start the rehabilitation process.
Most Division One matches were no longer played in the high density suburbs as teams chose to use sports clubs and low density schools grounds which were in a better shape.
Mufakose Stadium is expected to be ready before the start of the 2017 football season.