The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned Mavuso Sports Centre in Eswatini from hosting international matches.
CAF communicated the decision to ban Mavuso to the Eswatini FA on Saturday following the mandatory inspection done on 02 February.
The EFA will have to engage neighbouring countries to be able to host the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers match against Guinea-Bissau scheduled for 24 march.
“With reference to the CAF circular related to the venue for the upcoming Afcon qualifiers (Matchday 5 and 6) matches, we confirm the receipt of the stadium report, photo and video evidence of Mavuso Stadium. Unfortunately, based on the report, we regret to inform you that Mavuso stadium does not meet the CAF stadium requirements and consequently will not be available for the Afcon qualifiers,” said CAF in a letter to EFA.
CAF further drew EFA’s attention to the identified main points to be addressed in the coming period in order to guarantee that the stadium is approved.
“The pitch is in very poor conditions. Overall pitch condition must be improved, and the surface must be levelled, green and marked clearly in white.
“The current dressing rooms are not up to the required standard. The teams’ dressing rooms must be of high-quality standard, with appropriate modern seats and lockers,” said the African football mother body.
It is expected that EFA will engage the South African Football Association (SAFA) for a venue, highly likely Mbombela United for geographic reasons.
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By Ofhani Munyai