The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president Felton Kamambo has expressed dissatisfaction by the decision by CAF to switch FC Platinum’s Champions League against Esperance of Tunisia from Mandava to Barbourfields stadium.
A letter written to CAF by Kamambo reads in part:
The Zimbabwe Football Association acknowledges receipt of your letter dated 11 March 2019 and your decision to change the venue of the FC Platinum vs Esperance match from Mandava Stadium to Barbourfields stadium. The Association is baffled by this decision that is being pronounced 5 days before the match.
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We also remind you of your letter dated 24 February 2019 in which you provisionally homologated Mandava Stadium to host this match, which only suggest that you working under pressure from third parties, and which is regrettable, should that be the case.
Mandava has hosted several CAF games and we have enough quality hotels in Zvishavane to accommodate Esperance.
We don’t understand what has prompted your decision to change the venue. I have personally talked to FC Platinum and there is adequate space available to accommodate Esperance.
Meanwhile, FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo revealed that the club will be leaving Zvishavane on Thursday for Bulawayo to continue preparations for the match.