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DeMbare give up on Rufaro after Harare Mayor blocked revamp – The Zimbabwe Mail

Rufaro Stadium: Where Zimbabwe held its first indepedent event in 1980.


DYNAMOS are keeping their fingers crossed the Harare City Council will ready Rufaro Stadium for use for the upcoming Castle Lager Premiership football season.

The Glamour Boys have ordinarily used the popular Mbare venue as their home ground and they thought they had struck a jackpot when they appeared to have secured the facility on a long-term lease through their principal sponsors, Sakunda Holdings.

However, the deal, which looked all but sealed sensationally collapsed in November last year amid accusations and counter-accusations between Sakunda Holdings and the Harare City Council.

The venue is in a dilapidated condition with attention needed in virtually all the facets if the facility is to meet the minimum required standards.

It last hosted Premiership football in 2019 with Harare-based Premiership teams crammed at the National Sports Stadium while some, including Black Rhinos and Cranborne Bullets, were forced to look for alternative venues outside the capital.

Dynamos and CAPS United, who, irrespective of results, ordinarily attract big crowds at Rufaro, failed to get significant numbers at the National Sports Stadium last season as fans cited general convenience challenges associated with the location of this facility.

And Dynamos, who almost always play before a capacity crowd at Rufaro, are feeling the pinch.

They are hoping to make a return to the Mbare venue this coming season.

But they don’t have any say on making the facility available for Premiership action.

Dynamos’ executive chairman, Moses Maunganidze, yesterday told The Herald that DeMbare are hoping for the best.

“Our prayer is that the authorities redevelop Rufaro Stadium so that we can get to play at the venue once again.

“It’s not a secret that as Dynamos, we take Rufaro Stadium as our ceremonial home where our fans have always thronged in good and bad times to cheer on the team,” said Maunganidze.

“We made some gigantic efforts through our principal sponsors, Sakunda Holdings, to have the venue redeveloped.

“However, there were some unfortunate developments which led to that pulling out by our sponsors.

“We are now pinning our hopes on the Harare City Council authorities who have promised that Rufaro Stadium will be ready for the 2023 season kick-off (in March).


“I think we are not the only club who are interested in hosting matches at Rufaro. So it is our hope that by the time the Premier Soccer League season kicks-off, the stadium will be available.

“We have scored successes at Rufaro Stadium as Dynamos and we hope to do the same going forward.

“But we should be cognisant of the fact that Rufaro’s availability doesn’t depend on us. It’s the City of Harare’s baby and we hope they will have fully refurbished the venue for season kick-off.”

The perimeter wall, parking lots, drainage system, ablution facilities, pitch condition, changing rooms and media areas are some of the areas which need urgent attention at Rufaro for the venue to be able to meet the minimum requirements.

Meanwhile, new Dynamos head coach, Herbert “Jompano” Maruwa, has said he is confident his team will do well in the coming season.

Maruwa was appointed the DeMbare head coach following the sacking of Tonderai Ndiraya who is now with new boys, Simba Bhora.

Ndiraya led Dynamos to third place last season, having had a turnover of about 40 players who came with an expenditure that hovered above US$140 000.

The former midfielder was virtually building from the base given the huge player turnover and a third-place finish was never bad, especially considering the champions FC Platinum had kept over 90 percent of their 2019 squad intact.

But at Dynamos, winning is all that matters and Maruwa, whose club is one of the most active players in the transfer market, could be under pressure going into the new season. Already DeMbare have signed eight new players and yesterday the Glamour Boys completed midfielder Donald Mudadi’s deal from Harare City.

“Football is a game of pressure. In fact, sport is a pressure game so there is nothing to be afraid of in this case,” said Maruwa.

“Look, I have been a football person for quite some time now. I was also part of Dynamos when we won four league titles in a row (under Callisto Pasuwa).

“So, I am not entirely new to this system. I know the demands and the expectations. If I didn’t know, I wouldn’t have signed for the club.

“We will do our best to make Dynamos great again,” a confident Maruwa said. – Herald


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Beaty eighth grader wins countywide spelling bee | News, Sports, Jobs – timesobserver.com

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
Chase May of Youngsville Middle School spells a word on his way to a third-place tie in the 2023 Warren County Spelling Bee Wednesday at Beaty-Warren Middle School.

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The 2023 Warren County Spelling Bee featured 15 amazing spellers from all over Warren County.

It was exciting, even exhilarating at times, until, in the end, Beaty-Warren Middle School eighth-grader Vance Darr was ordained champion.

From the beginning, spellers whizzed overtly through the words posed to them by moderator Kelli Knapp, executive director of Warren Public Library.

Some of the spellers had special rituals they went through at the microphone as they spelled out words in front of judges Todd Mineweaser of Youngsville Borough Police, John Papalia of Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, and Brandon Deppen of Warren County School District.

As the rounds went on, there was a subsidence of the pool of spellers. Two spellers’ days went defunct in round three. Four were knocked out in the fifth round, and three more in the sixth. The seventh and eighth rounds each claimed spellers. With four remaining, there was a break until two – Chase May of Youngsville Middle School on telenovelas and Libbey VanHouten of Eisenhower Middle School on preternaturally – were eliminated in the eleventh round.

At the beginning of the event, organizers announced the third-place ties would be broken by drawing for high card. At the end of the event, because they had been eliminated in the same round and were in third place, VanHouten and May returned to the stage for that draw. VanHouten pulled a jack to May’s 6 to claim third place.

The finalists, Darr and Liam Ferry, both of Beaty-Warren Middle School, went head-to-head for six rounds – advancing past words like mullioned, architrave, parathas, roulette, undine, sackbuts, hurdy gurdy, and Zimbabwe.

In the seventeenth round, Darr correctly spelled Vesuvian, while Ferry was tripped up by urad.

Darr had to successfully spell one more word to win the championship. He did so, managing Sikhism.

“I have a good memory,” Darr said when asked why he was so good in the bee.

He said he spent about 30 minutes a night memorizing the words on the list provided to all the spellers and felt good with all the words.

For winning the bee, Darr is eligible to attend the Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee at Robert Morris University.

He is unsure how he will compare to the other spellers there, but he said he has high hopes.

Darr also won a $200 prize from the Times Observer and a $100 prize from Northwest Bank.

Ferry received a $75 gift card from Northwest and will be the county’s alternate for the Western Pennsylvania event.

VanHouten received a $50 gift card from Northwest.

Organizer Tiffany Mandeville was impressed by all of the competitors.

“Those kids are awesome spellers,” she said. “It was pretty amazing.”

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MDC-T Break-away Group: “Our Party Currently Doesn’t Have … – pindula.co.zw

MDC-T Break-away group, led by Elias Mudzuri and other suspended members, has said the party led by Senator Douglas Mwonzora currently does not have the capacity to rebuild Zimbabwe.

The group made the remarks during a press conference held in Harare on Thursday 02 February 2023. Said the group:

We do not think that we do have a party that can actually do the job for us to bring true liberation to Zimbabweans who are suffering, you know economic problems we are facing.

The group said there is a need for the opposition MDC-T to reorganise and restructure and put the right people for the right decisions to be made.

The break-away party consists of Mudzuri, Norest Marara, Gift Konjana, John Nyika, Den Moyo, Edwin Dzambara, and Edwin Kakora who were suspended from the MDC-T last month allegedly for breaking party rules, having illegal meetings, and undermining the democratic procedures of the organisation.

Following the suspension, Mudzuri vowed to resist expulsion saying Mwonzora can only expel him on paper.

There has been a leadership crisis in the MDC-T since the 26 March 2022 by-elections in which the party did not win a single seat.

Some members of the MDC-T blame leader Senator Douglas Mwonzora for the loss and they hoped he would be replaced during the party’s 5th Ordinary Congress held at the City Sports Centre in Harare on Sunday, 18 December 2022.

However, the MDC-T endorsed Mwonzora as the party’s sole presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.

Mudzuri and colleagues say the congress must be declared null and void because Mwonzora did not follow due process.

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MDC-T Break-away Group: “Our Party Currently Doesn’t Have … – pindula.co.zw

MDC-T Break-away group, led by Elias Mudzuri and other suspended members, has said the party led by Senator Douglas Mwonzora currently does not have the capacity to rebuild Zimbabwe.

The group made the remarks during a press conference held in Harare on Thursday 02 February 2023. Said the group:

We do not think that we do have a party that can actually do the job for us to bring true liberation to Zimbabweans who are suffering, you know economic problems we are facing.

The group said there is a need for the opposition MDC-T to reorganise and restructure and put the right people for the right decisions to be made.

The break-away party consists of Mudzuri, Norest Marara, Gift Konjana, John Nyika, Den Moyo, Edwin Dzambara, and Edwin Kakora who were suspended from the MDC-T last month allegedly for breaking party rules, having illegal meetings, and undermining the democratic procedures of the organisation.

Following the suspension, Mudzuri vowed to resist expulsion saying Mwonzora can only expel him on paper.

There has been a leadership crisis in the MDC-T since the 26 March 2022 by-elections in which the party did not win a single seat.

Some members of the MDC-T blame leader Senator Douglas Mwonzora for the loss and they hoped he would be replaced during the party’s 5th Ordinary Congress held at the City Sports Centre in Harare on Sunday, 18 December 2022.

However, the MDC-T endorsed Mwonzora as the party’s sole presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.

Mudzuri and colleagues say the congress must be declared null and void because Mwonzora did not follow due process.

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