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Dynamos abandons Rufaro Stadium

by Sports reporter
24 Jan 2014 at 05:29hrs | Views
DYNAMOS say their move to abandon Rufaro Stadium, their traditional homeground and switch to the National Sports Stadium, is because of the upsurge of hooliganism which continues to strain their budget. Dembare paid dearly for the behaviour of their fans which saw them slapped with a $78 700 fine.

Although Dynamos have cited other reasons like injuries to their players due to the poor maintenance of the artificial turf, it say violence perpetrated by their overzealous supporters cost them a fortune, especially last season.

Dynamos chairman Keni Mubaiwa said while they took the decision to move away from Rufaro because of the high charges by the Harare City Council which charges 20% for use, hooliganism was the major reason for their switch to the NSS.

"After careful consideration, we decided to move to the National Sports Stadium because hooliganism has been costing us a lot. If you look at last season, we won the league title, but all the prize money went to the PSL to pay for various fines as a result of violence perpetrated by our supporters. We have tried to engage them not to be violent, but it continues to affect the club financially because there is always violence whenever we play at Rufaro. So we have taken a decision to play our home matches at the National Sports Stadium. The government will also be charging us 15% for the use of the stadium. That means a difference of 5% which is a lot to us," Mubaiwa said.

The Harare giants have also condemned the artificial turf at Rufaro, arguing it has become unplayable and causing a lot of injuries to their players.

Source - newsday