The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) board is not pleased with its former president, Philip Chiyangwa’s interference with their discussions with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over the country’s stadium ban.
A ZIFA official who spoke to NewsDay on Monday on condition of anonymity asserted that Chiyangwa is trying to get cheap mileage from the crisis. The official said:
We are worried about some people who are seeking cheap attention by trying to pre-empt what Caf is doing.
We are hearing some reckless statements from people, some going as far as suggesting that they have spoken to the Caf president personally over the matter. That is not good. The Caf president can’t make decisions over the stadiums.
There are committees that deal with that, and we believe they are very professional. The issue is about the areas (stadiums) that need to be improved to meet certain standards to host international matches. No amount of politicking or phone calls to Ahmad would solve that. It’s simple as that.
Chiyangwa claimed last week that he had contacted CAF president Ahmad Ahmad and asked him to intervene so that the ban imposed on Zimbabwe’s stadiums will be lifted.
Last month CAF banned Zimbabwe from hosting international matches because its stadiums failed to meet the required standards.
The country had three stadiums designated for international matches namely the National Sports, Barbourfields and Mandava Stadiums.