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Grandstand Collapse in Harare Raises Concerns About Cosafa Tourney Safety

The collapse of a grandstand Sunday during a match between Zimbabwe's Warriors national team and Premier Soccer League franchise Caps United at Rufaro Stadium in Harare, injuring 20, has raised concerns about the safety of sports venues with a Confederation of Southern African Football Associations tournament set to open shortly in Harare and Bulawayo.

But Zimbabwe Soccer Supporters Association President Eddie Mboma Nyatanga said the city council has assured his group that Rufaro will be safe for regional fans on Saturday.

Thirteen countries were scheduled to take part in the tournament. The Zimbabwe Soccer Association has moved to encourage international visitors and attendance by arranging local transportation and hotel accommodation at discounted rates.

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