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Nguwaya hails Geo Pomona Fifa certification; says more facilities coming on board

By Staff Writer

GEO-Pomona Waste Management (Pvt) chief executive officer and executive chairman Dilesh Nguwaya has commended FIFA certification as a milestone achievement and revealed that more projects are lined up at the site.

Geo Pomona is a company established in 2022 after a Dutch waste management firm, Geogenix BV, secured a US$350 million waste-to-energy deal with the city.

GEO Pomona Waste Management football field has formally received a Fifa field certificate, confirming that its artificial surface is suitable to host sporting events.

The soccer field was built by Geo Pomona Waste Management (Pvt) Ltd as part of its corporate social responsibility, with the company transforming what used to be a smelly dumpsite into a world-class sports facility which is eligible for top flight league and national teams training.

The facility was inspected by Cemil Nadir Sahin from Kent Spor Ltd of Kiwa ISA Sport BV — an accredited laboratory test institute of Fifa — early this year, who certified that it meets the world football governing body’s turf quality standards.

Commenting on the development Geo Pomona Waste Management (Pvt) Ltd chief executive officer and executive chairman Dilesh Nguwaya said the Fifa certification was a success worth celebrating.

“As an inaugural initiative in 2024, we have constructed a state-of-the-art recreational facility consisting of a soccer field, two basketball courts, and two tennis courts,” he said. 

The Harare businessman said plans were underway to construct a restaurant that would offer world-class culinary services.

This is part of promoting public health and wellness, he added, at a time when bad eating habits are on the rise, leading to chronic illnesses in communities.

“These facilities will be open to the public and this will help mainstream sport to the Pomona community and the rest of Harare. We anticipate that this sporting arm of the recreational facility will serve as a talent incubation centre for our youth, and will go a long way in supporting Zimbabwe’s anti-drug and substance abuse fight, as the youth will have a safe place to nurture their talent,” Nguwaya said.

He said Geo Pomona Waste Management (Pvt) Ltd was committed to providing a high-quality, durable and safe sporting environment.

“Therefore, I am hopeful that this is a first step in that direction and the dividends will be clear for all to see in the shortest of time,” he said.

The facility is expected to become a hub for sports activities, tournaments, and community events, fostering a sense of unity and pride among residents.

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