CAF Orders Zimbabwe To Play Home Matches Outside The Country Over Lack Of Stadium Facilities
Confederation of Africa Football, CAF has ordered Zimbabwe’s Warriors to play international games outside the nation’s boarders, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report
CAF previously warned the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) several times in 2019 before finally announcing the decision Tuesday.
CAF has based its decision following inspections that determined below par standards of facilities in Zimbabwe. The FA had pinned its hopes on the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
ZIFA’s confirmed statement: “The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) would like to inform the football fraternity and the nation that it has received correspondence from the Confederation of African Football that our stadiums do not meet Confederation of African Football (CAF) standards to host international matches.
“Consequently, CAF has made a decision to bar ZIFA from using local stadiums in all upcoming international matches.
Zifa said they have started appealing against the decision with the hope of bringing the games back on home soil as soon as possible.
“While ZIFA is engaging CAF with a view to appeal this decision, we have asked stadium authorities to send us commitment letters detailing timelines on work that needs to be done before CAF comes for another inspection. Once we receive such commitment, we will send to CAF.
“In this moment we urge all stakeholders to work for a common cause for us to quickly right this wrong which takes away our sovereignty,” the statement concluded.
The Warriors will next month face African champions Algeria in back to back 2021 AFCON Qualifiers on 26 & 29 March.