CAF lifts Zimbabwe National Stadium ban

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has allowed the Zimbabwean national team to play their home games at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

Zimbabwe was set to host their home games for the upcoming 2022 AFCON qualifiers in South Africa after all their national stadium had failed to meet CAF’s minimum requirements.

However, according to CAF’s letter to the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), the ban on the National Sports Stadium has been provisionally lifted following some renovations.

“In relation to the previous CAF correspondence requesting a pre-inspection report for National Sports Stadium and Barbourfields stadium, we confirm the receipt of reports and photos evidences of the concerned stadiums.”

“CAF has decided to remove the ban and grant a temporary approval for National Sports Stadium, subject to the continuation of implementation of the remarks made in the previous inspection visits,” CAF’s acting secretary-general Abdelmounaïm Bah said in the statement.

CAF secretary-general Bah further stressed that the renovations must continue so that the facility is quickly brought to required standards but the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo remains banned.

“With relation to Barbourfields stadium, based on the information received, the decision is to uphold the ban for use in CAF Men’s Senior matches.”

“On the other hand, we are satisfied to see the progress made on the National Sports Stadium in order to bring the venue to the required standard,” the statement said further.

The two stadiums were banned because they did not have press bays, had sub-standard changing rooms among other requirements under CAF regulations.

The Warriors had last played at their National Stadium on November 13, 2019 in a goalless draw against Botswana in Zimbabwe’s opening 2022 AFCON qualifying game.

However, their game against Algeria on November 11, will be played at the National Sports Stadium.

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