CAF Turns Down ZIFA Request To Allow Supporters Into NSS For Zim-Ghana Match
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has turned down a request by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) to allow 5 000 supporters into the National Sports Stadium to watch a World Cup match between Zimbabwe and Ghana next month. In turning the request down, CAF cited the absence of bucket seats and electronic controls among others. Pindula News presents an update by ZIFA Communications and Competitions manager Xolisani Gwesela.
CAF TURNS DOWN REQUEST TO ALLOW SUPPORTERS INTO THE STADIUM
The Confederation of African Football has once again turned down our request to allow a limited number of supporters into the stadium for our FIFA World Cup 2022TM qualifier against Ghana. CAF indicated that its decision was based on the review of Zimbabwe’s compliance to expected stadium requirements, safety & security as well as medical issues at the National Sports Stadium.
National Sports Stadium is currently hosting senior men’s international games on a temporary approval, having been deemed unfit in March 2020. Reasons for the ban include the absence of bucket seats and electronic access controls, among other issues. While FIFA COVID-19 match protocols dearly state that all matches during the pandemic must be played behind closed doors, special exemptions to allow spectators into the stadium have been granted to nations with facilities that satisfy required standards.Feedback
The Zimbabwe Football Association appeals to government to accelerate renovations at the stadium so that football stakeholders can .11y benefit from the massive commercial, social Sr entertainment potential of the game.
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