Zim given stadia upgrade deadline

Sport Zimbabwe

ZTN Reporter

Zimbabwe has been told to bring its football stadia in line with set standards by at least 15 June 2020 or forget about hosting international football matches.

Inspectors who visited the southern African country last month ruled that the National Sports Stadium in Harare and Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo are both not up to scratch.

“Both stadia are still barred from hosting senior men’s competitions, but they are approved to host youth and women’s competitions,” said the Zimbabwe Football Association in a statement on Friday.

“The inspection done in March was meant to provide the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) and stadium authorities with guidelines on areas that require attention before the final round of inspections scheduled for June and July 2020.

“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 emphasised.

“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 warned that failure to refurbish the stadia will see the Warriors being forced to play their home matches at neutral venues.