Zimbabwe’s stadiums have been declared unsuitable for high-profile matches by the Confederation of African Soccer (CAF), forcing sports activities authorities to hunt an alternate venue for an upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier towards Algeria.
The nation’s soccer affiliation (ZIFA) stated Tuesday that they had acquired a letter from Cairo-based CAF stating not one of the southern African nation’s grounds met the “standards to host international matches”.
The letter was despatched following a go to by CAF inspectors final November.
“CAF has made a decision to bar ZIFA from using local stadiums in all upcoming international matches,” ZIFA spokesman Xolisani Gwesela stated in a press release.
“We need to put our heads together as a country to ensure that our stadiums are renovated to meet the required standards.”
Zimbabwe was on account of host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Group H qualifier towards holders Algeria subsequent month.
The sports activities editor of Zimbabwe’s state-owned Herald202 newspaper Robson Sharuko has blamed inaction by the authorities.
“It’s embarrassing and, sadly, it appears there are some people who simply don’t care,” Sharuko stated in an opinion piece on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe’s economic system has been crippled by many years of mismanagement by former president Robert Mugabe and his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Hyperinflation has worn out financial savings, money is brief and primary items similar to gas are laborious to return by.
Amenities that had been as soon as a supply of pleasure are dilapidated and most roads are ridden with potholes.