Local footballers say they expect councils and owners of stadiums to use the lockdown as an opportunity to refurbish stadia so that they are in good condition when football matches resume.
Speaking during an interview with the Daily News on Friday, the Footballers’ Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) secretary-general, Thomas Sweswe said it wouldn’t make sense for stadia owners to fail to use this opportunity to spruce up their facilities. Said Sweswe:
What is also key is for our fields to be in a good state for the game to also return. The last time I checked, our fields were not in a position to stage matches, I’m not sure that if there has been any change.
I hope the city council have been fixing the fields so that when football eventually returns, players will be safe from injuries.
Councils and stadia owners should have taken advantage of this lockdown to have fixed and renovated their facilities.
We can sort out all the health protocols for the game to return but only to find out that the stadia are not ready; it won’t make sense at all.
In February last year, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) condemned local stadiums as unfit for international matches.
Consequently, CAF barred the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) from using local stadiums in all international matches.