The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has been given a few more days to make up its mind by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) about its plans for the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Algeria.
ZIFA has been given until Monday, 2 March 2020, to inform CAF if they wish to have Barbourfields Stadium re-inspected or provide the continental body with a venue outside the country for the match against Algeria. This was revealed by Xolisani Gwesela, the ZIFA communications and competitions manager. He said:
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The Caf deadline was 27 February, we asked for extension up to Monday, we will tell them the way forward, that is to re-inspect our facilities or give them an alternative venue.
They (BCC) have demonstrated commitment to fix Barbourfields Stadium, we need to put our heads together to solve this crisis.
Bulawayo City Council senior public relations officer, Nesisa Mpofu said the rehabilitation work of the stadium will include the floodlights maintenance, signage, dressing rooms, spectator seats, mixed zones, media rooms, parking among other aspects.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that ZIFA is already looking for an alternative venue in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia for the match to be played on 29 March.