Bulawayo City Council (BCC) said it has budgeted for the maintenance of Barbourfields Stadium, and, all things being equal, it will meet the requirements stipulated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
BCC senior public relations officer, Nesisa Mpofu said Council will also welcome donations from well-wishers to complement its efforts. Said Mpofu:
The City of Bulawayo budgeted for the maintenance of the stadium to attend to the issues raised by Caf. We anticipate that all things being equal we should be able to sustain the repairs and maintenance of the stadium.
Council will also welcome any funding from its partners to complement its efforts. Some of the issues being attended to include the floodlights maintenance, signage, dressing rooms, spectator seats, mixed zones, media rooms, parking among other aspects.
While Barbourfields was constructed in the 1950s we have been having constant upgrades at the stadium to meet the requirements for hosting regional and international games as well as Caf requirements. We believe that we will have significantly attended to most of the matters raised by the time Caf inspectors visit the stadium again.
Mpofu added that BCC has been having periodic infrastructure maintenance of the stadia since its construction.