CAF renews ban on National Sports Stadium use

Zimstar Sports

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has renewed its ban on the country from using the National Sports Stadium to host international matches involving both club and the senior national football team citing non-compliance with set down recommendations for the facility to reach acceptable levels for use in the matches.

This was revealed in a statement by ZIFA Monday.

ZIFA said CAF has granted the country a one-match approval to host the outstanding Warriors’ FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifying clash against Ethiopia next month.

The ban encompasses other CAF Men’s inter club competitions.

Said ZIFA, “This follows the inspection the facility by CAF’s Tshegofatso Moiloa on 13 and 14 October.

“CAF indicated that the Warriors’ home World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia in November will be the last game that we will play at home.

“The National Sports Stadium was initially banned from hosting senior teams’ matches in 2020 but was provisionally cleared later in the same year.

“Since then, CAF has been using reports from inspections conducted to extend the temporary approval.”

Under CAF’s demands, the stadium should be fitted with fixed seats in all sectors in the stadium.

Further reported ZIFA, “Seats for spectators must be individual, fixed (e.g to the floor) separated from one another, shaped, numbered, made of an unbreakable material and have a backrest of a minimum height of 30 cm when measured from the seat.

“Electronic Turnstiles, the stadium should be equipped with modern electronic turnstiles and automated systems.”

To get the nod to resume hosting matches, the stadium must also have a functional Venue Operations Centre (VOC) with a good overview of the stadium equipped with CCTV monitors.

“It should have an override capability over Public Address System in case of emergency announcements. The VOC should be staffed and serve as command centre for security and safety,” ZIFA added.

Renovation of the B arena of the stadium should be in line with CAF Training field infrastructure requirements.

Other facilities in the stadium are still not up to the required CAF standard.

The stadium needs to be fully modernised and brought up to the international standard requirements.

ZIFA have recommended CAF’s latest decision to the Sport and recreation Commission (SRC).