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Zimbabwe: Relief As CAF Temporarily Lifts Ban On National Stadium

Fears that Zimbabwe may be forced to play their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier outside the country have been calmed after CAF temporarily approved National Stadium in Harare to host their first home match against South Africa.

The news was revealed by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) as it plans for the opening match of Group G of the Qatar World Cup qualifier set for September 1, 2021.

However, CAF reiterates that the approval is subject to the continued implementation of the observations made in the last inspection visit and further improvements need to be made in order for the stadium to be definitively approved.

In a statement, ZIFA confirmed the provisional clearance of the National Sports Stadium but warned that there are several areas that still need to be upgraded in and around the facility.

“National Sports Stadium has been temporarily approved to host upcoming World Cup qualifiers,” reads the statement.

“CAF has encouraged Zimbabwe to address outstanding issues on, pitch condition, sanitary facilities, access controls.

“Sports and Recreation Commission should also urgently address the issue of bucket seats and renovations of the B-Arena training facility.

“CAF will fine ZIFA if any breaches are noted during the World Cup qualifiers.”

CAF has stringent rules that ensures the facilities meet the minimum standards, as during the inspection, CAF instructors check the main stadium of each team and alternate match venues in the country.

They also inspect training pitches, accommodation (Hotels)  and  Medical (Hospitals, Emergency Centers among others)



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