According to a senior city council official, CAF recommendations to the council require that Bulawayo City Council demonish Barbourfields Stadium especially the VIP section and start to construct it afresh to meet international standards, The Chronicle reports.
According to the publication, the unnamed city official said:
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The council has done most of the recommendations that include installation of televisions, fridges, medical equipment, media centre and conference rooms. All that has been spruced up and we also did work on the dressing rooms, but the Caf fellows said they were too small so for the city to meet those expected standards, it literally means demolishing Barbourfields Stadium, especially the VIP end.
You must remember that the stadium was built in the 1930s, but started taking shape around 1956, so for us to compare such a facility with South African stadiums that were built or worked on in preparation for the 2010 Fifa World Cup will be asking for too much given the time and economic considerations. It’s just like trying to convert a Peugot 404 into a Mercedes Benz or something, it’s impossible
So for us as a city to have a totally compliant stadium we really need to demolish it (Barbourfields) or maybe work on White City Stadium, which has some space for structural changes, but that needs financial impetus.
ZIFA will be in Bulawayo to inspect the stadium ahead of the CAF team which is expected to visit the country soon.
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