ZIFA eye Orlando Stadium for Algeria tie

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The Zimbabwe Footbal Association (ZIFA) is eyeing Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg for their 2021 Africa of Nations (AFCON) qualifier tie against Algeria following a ban on the country’s stadia to host international matches.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday dropped a bombshell that none of Zimbabwe’s stadia falls short of standards to host international matches.

ZIFA were given until end of Thursday to submit alternative stadia in neighbouring countries and indications are that the Warriors may be headed for Orlando Stadium for the March 29 tie.

ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela confirmed talks were ongoing with South African Football Association (SAFA) for permission to use the 40 000-seater facility.

“We have started the process to get a stadium and a letter is being dispatched to the South Africa Football Association (SAFA),” Gwesela said.

Orlando Stadium. Picture courtesy of Stadium Management SA. 

The crunch tie had been moved to Bulawayo’s Barbourfields Stadium after a CAF grounds inspection team stated in November last year that the National Sports Stadium.

Barbourfields Stadium only just met the minimum requirements, but CAF reversed its provisional approval of the venue on Tuesday, meaning all national teams have to play home games outside the country.

According to reports, an Algeria advance team wrote to CAF complaining about the state of Barbourfields Stadium after visiting the facility.

By Mthokozisi Dube

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