ZIFA Applies To Have 5 000 Fans Watch Zimbabwe Vs Ghana At NSS
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has written to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) seeking permission to have at least 5 000 fans allowed into the National Sports Stadium (NSS) next month when Zimbabwe hosts Ghana in a World Cup qualifier match.
Earlier this month, CAF turned down a similar bid by ZIFA to have 10 000 fans watch the Zimbabwe vs South Africa’s Bafana Bafana at the National Sports Stadium on September 3.
CAF argued that medical, stadium requirements compliance, and safety and security perspectives at the NSS did not meet the minimum requirements.
This time around, Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said they made an application to Caf which was accompanied by a government supporting letter. He said:
We have made an application to Caf to have 5 000 fans allowed for the Ghana match. We are waiting for a response from Caf. In our application, we attached a government supporting letter.
The NSS got a waiver to host international matches without meeting all the prerequisites, probably on the condition that the World Cup qualifiers would be played behind closed doors.
The stadium still has a number of outstanding issues that include the installation of bucket seats, refurbishment of a venue operations centre, improvement of the pitch itself, renovation of the B-Arena for training, electronic entrances to the stadium and general cleanliness of the facility.
In May, CAF okayed the NSS for the World Cup qualifiers and earlier in April, the stadium was okayed to host the Africa Cup of Nation (Afcon) matches while Zifa were fined US$2 000 for the deplorable state of the facility.
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