Sports Brief With Donald Muza

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Zifa woes continue ahead of World Cup Qualifiers.

Zimbabwe Football Association has been fined US$2000 by the African football mother-board (CAF) for below standard facilities at the National Sports Stadium.

This comes ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against South Africa at the same venue between 5-8 June.

The fine is a reminder after CAF had previously banned Zimbabwe from hosting any international matches last year before granting a lifeline on the condition that grounds to host such matches met the required standards. In a statement on Thursday, ZIFA highlighted that CAF had found most of the required standards still trailing. 

“In their letter of sanction CAF noted that there are no individual spectator seats in all sectors and the stadium’s general uncleanliness”. “CAF stadium requirements stipulate that seats for spectators must be individual, fixed to the floor, separated from one another, shaped, numbered, made of an unbreakable and non-flammable material, and have a backrest of a minimum height of 30cm when measured from the seat,”.

“We have notified the Sports and Recreation Commission as the stadium authority, and encouraged them to expedite renovations at the stadium so that we avoid future sanctions or the grim possibility of playing home matches abroad.”

It is fair to note that the stadium is currently owned by the Ministry of local government while being maintained by the Sports and Recreation Commission. Hence it brings into question the use of the stadium in regard to different organisations fulfilling sporting and national events on the same platform. 

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