Harare (New Ziana) –Football lovers in the capital will have the opportunity to watch the 2023 World Cup for free in a spacious structure which the Institute of African Knowledge (INSTAK) is racing to complete at the site of the Museum of African Liberation.
INSTAK is constructing the Museum of African Liberation opposite Warren Park 1 high density suburb, near the National Sports Stadium and the National Heroes Acre.
The 101-hectare site will be renamed the Liberation City as it will host numerous other developments including a shopping mall which will be at the back of the hill along Kirkman Drive and where a dumpsite used to be located.
It will also have a Recreational Park which will be situated adjacent to the National Sports Stadium, a shopping mall, a Presidential Park which will comprise high end apartment buildings for accommodating visiting dignitaries and renting out.
Next to the Presidential Park will be a Heritage Village, which will be situated on land that used to belong to flamboyant businessman Phillip Chiyangwa which he ceded to the Museum.
The land is adjacent to Tynwald Primary School in Westlea and has some existing showroom-like structures, and it is one of them which INSTAK that is rushing to finish renovating so that it can screen the World Cup matches, which start next week.
Workers at the site are working round the clock to finish the more than 80 metres long and 40 metres wide existing structure, one end of which is being built three platforms where large Television screens will be mounted.
INSTAK marketing and public relations manager Joseph Nkani, who took the media on a guided tour of the site, said the structure would definitely be ready by the time the World Cup starts.
“The builders are working 24 hours and by the way, power is already there,” she said.
Other structures under construction at the same site include a huge steel shed which will house an Organic Vegetable Market, Afro-centric restaurants which will be sub-let to small and medium entrepreneurs to prepare and sell dishes from the different African countries, some gazebos as well as an open braai place which will be similar to the one at the popular Mereki in Warren Park D.
It is however the free World Cup matches which are going to excite local residents as the site is located centrally to most Western suburbs, both high and low, has ample parking space and is far from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.