Zimbabwe’s main stadiums, the National Sports Stadium and Barbourfields have once again failed to meet the minimum requirements set by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The country has been refurbishing its stadia in a bid to get approval from CAF to use local stadia for international matches, but, sadly, CAF’s inspection that was conducted in March also condemned both stadiums.
The latest development was revealed by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) in its update on the state of stadiums after CAF’s latest inspection. ZIFA said in a statement:
Government and Bulawayo City Council have been notified of the recommendations made by CAF inspectors, and the urgent need to attend to issues raised cannot be further emphasized.
If work on recommendations is complete, ZIFA will invite CAF to conduct another inspection between 15 June and 20 July to determine whether or not we can play senior men’s competitions at home.
ZIFA added that the local stadium inspection team, the First Instance Body (FIB) will conduct weekly inspections to ensure that refurbishments at National Sports and Barbourfields Stadiums meet CAF and FIFA expectations.
Were it not of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Zimbabwe could have hosted Algeria for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in South Africa after all the stadiums had been condemned.
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