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Overhaul Of Harare's Rufaro Stadium On Course - Football Association Head

Zimbabwe Football Association Acting Chief Executive Henrietta Rushwaya said on Wednesday that the installation of artificial turf at Rufaro Stadium, the second-largest sports venue in Harare, is proceeding on schedule.

The August shutdown of Rufaro, the main stadium for international sports events after the closure of the National Sports Stadium due to structural flows, put a major kink in the playing schedule of the Premier Soccer League in the season just ended.

Funded by the International Federation of Association Football, the project is intended to raise the stadium to international standards at least for the playing surface.

The project was launched under an agreement between ZIFA, Harare city government and the International Federation of Association Football, or FIFA.

Rushwaya told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that she expects Rufaro to be ready for use by next month when the ZIFA Unity Cup is to unfold.

But she said she will have a better idea when play can resume at Rufaro once she has been briefed by a FIFA emissary who came last week to inspect the work there.

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