A Cabinet Minister has accused Bulawayo City Council (BCC) of a lack of seriousness in renovating Barbourfields Stadium, which has been scheduled to host the Zimbabwe, Algeria Africa Cup of Nations Group qualifier at the end of March.
During a tour of the facility recently, Deputy Minister of Youth, Arts, Sport and Recreation Tino Machakaire, who was accompanied by the principal director in the Ministry, Benson Dube, said:
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I think we need to call the town clerk (Christopher Dube). You (Bulawayo City Council) are not serious guys. We want to meet the deadline. We can’t meet the deadline when you are doing nothing.
The local authority, however, insisted that the renovations were going according to plan and should be completed by March 9.
The renovations follow the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) ban of all Zimbabwean stadiums from hosting international football matches, with the Warriors likely to play their home matches away from home.