Barbourfields Stadium Develops Cracks

BULAWAYO, – Bulawayo biggest football stadium, Barbourfields, has developed cracks in the stands, dealing a serious blow to football lovers.\r\n

The stadium is home to the city’s most followed team, Highlanders, and big matches involving big teams from Harare such as Dynamos and Caps United, are held at the stadium.

News of the cracks have shocked the city council, which was forced a few years ago to temporarily close the stadium to attend to a wing that had collapsed owing to pressure from the large number of fans.

The stadium was renovated for the 1995 All Africa Games by a Chinese construction company, which also built the National Sports Stadium in Harare, which is currently closed for repairs.

Bulawayo city council director of housing and community services, Isaiah Magagula, said the city would soon assess the cracks.

"We have to go and look at the stands. We had not realised that there has been extensive damage," he said.

The damage to the stadium will be a blow to the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) as the organisation’s chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya revealed recently that the stadium was condemned some time back by FIFA owing to its high perimeter fence, absence of a media box and that it does not have enough showers in the changing room.