Stadium Renovations On Course – Coventry

The Minister of Youth, Sports, and Recreation Kirsty Coventry said Zimbabwe’s football stadiums may get approval to host international matches from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in time for the Zimbabwe-Algeria match.

Coventry said this while responding to Senator Chief Zama Nthua Ngungumbane Mkhwananzi who sought clarity on the status of the country’s local football stadiums during a question and answer session in the Senate on Thursday. Coventry said:

Yes, honourable Senator, our national stadiums have been renovated; that is the National Sports Stadium and Barbourfields Stadium.

We are only left with two outstanding issues at the National Stadium that is the procurement of the buffet seats and the electronic ticketing which is now being procured through the tendering process.

This past weekend, there was an inspection team that visited the two stadiums, the one in Barbourfields in Bulawayo and the other one at the National Sports Stadium.

CAF condemned the use of local stadiums which the continental body ruled unfit for play as they did not meet international standards.

There is a risk that Premier Soccer League Champions FC Platinum and the national team, the Warriors, may be forced to play their home matches in a neighbouring country if CAF fails to approve the stadiums.


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