15 OCTOBER 2O20
NATIONAL SPORTS STADIUM PROVISIONALLY APPROVED TO HOST WARRIORS MATCHES
The Zimbabwe Football Association advises all stakeholders that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has provisionally homologated the National Sports Stadium to host senior men football.
In granting the temporary approval, CAF indicated that they are charmed by Zimbabwe’s efforts, but the continental football authority underscored that renovations MUST continue until the stadium is quickly brought to required standard.
Consequently, our Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria scheduled for 16 November will be played at the National Sports Stadium. Due to the enduing covid-19 pandemic, match planning is being done based on playing the game in an empty stadium.
Plans are at an advanced stage to secure the feed for the match so that supporters of our flagship team can watch the game at home. The Warriors last played at NSS on 13 November 2019 in a goalless draw against Botswana in our opening AFCON qualifier.
ZIFA expresses profound gratitude to the government’s swift action to stop the grim possibility of playing home matches on foreign soil. Appreciation also goes to all other stakeholders for patience during times of uncertainty. ZIFA shall continue to work with other stakeholders to maintain the reputation of our footballing nation.
For and on behalf of the Zimbabwe Football Association:
Communications & Competitions Manager