The Zimbabwe Football Association has made a request to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to have 5 000 fans allowed to watch the Group G World Cup qualifier against Ghana at the National Sports Stadium next month.
Zifa had a bid to have 10 000 fans watch the game against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana turned down earlier this month.
Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said their application to Caf this time was accompanied by a government supporting letter.
“We have made an application to Caf to have 5 000 fans allowed for the Ghana match. We are waiting for a response from Caf. In our application, we attached a government supporting letter,” Gwesela said.
When dismissing Zifa’s application ahead of the Bafana tie, Caf said they analysed and assessed Zifa’s request from a medical, stadium requirements compliance, and safety and security perspectives in their venue.
“Accordingly, a decision has been taken not to allow the presence of spectators in the aforementioned match,” the continent’s football mother body said.
The giant National Sports Stadium in Harare got a waiver to host international matches without meeting all the prerequisites. Indications are that the waiver may have been granted on condition that the World Cup qualifiers would be played behind closed doors.
The stadium still has a number of outstanding issues that include the installation of bucket seats, refurbishment of a venue operations centre, improvement of the pitch itself, renovation of the B-Arena for training, electronic entrances to the stadium and general cleanliness of the facility.
Caf has made several calls to Zifa to attend to the outstanding issues but the owners of the facility, the government has been a major letdown.
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By FARPost Reporter