By Lawrence Trusida
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has started inspecting match venues ahead of the anticipated resumption of local football.
The state of the country’s football facilities has become an immediate concern as ZIFA awaits a positive response from the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) on their application for the resumption of the country’s most popular sport.
With the football family confident that it is now a question of when rather than if football will resume, the responsible authorities are now assessing match venues.
“We have started preliminary stadium inspections together with the premier soccer league.”
“Our aim is to have a clear picture of what is on the ground then give recommendations to the responsible authorities before the First Instance Board comes over to do a thorough inspection.”
“The FIB will homologate the grounds, ours is just a fact finding mission and recommendations,” said ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela.
The delegation has been to Sakubva stadium in Mutare, Bulawayo’s Barbourfields and Baobab stadium in Mhondoro Ngezi.
The ceremonial home of local football, Rufaro stadium is the next destination.
The SRC has also been sprucing up the National Sports Stadium, with the floodlights expected to be fully functional by the time Zimbabwe hosts Zambia for an Africa Cup of Nations encounter at the end of this month.
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