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Zimbabwe Football Association and League Clash Over Stadium Closure

Bad blood is brewing between the Zimbabwe Football Association and the Premier Soccer League over the proposed closure of Harare's Rufaro Stadium next week.

ZIFA has accused the PSL of trying to derail a project to lay artificial turf at the stadium with funds provided by the International Federation of Association Football, or FIFA.

The PSL for its part is livid at ZIFA for failing to give it sufficient advance notice that its game schedule will be seriously disrupted by the stadium closure.

It says the other available stadiums in Harare cannot accommodate the crowds that PSL games attract. Harare's other major stadium, the National Sports Stadium, is also closed for structural renovations.

PSL chairman Tapuwa Matangaidze declined to comment, referring questions to ZIFA.

ZIFA Chief Executive Henrietta Rushwaya told sports reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the project at Rufaro is going ahead despite the objections raised by the Premier Soccer League.

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