CAF BAN: Minister pledges to upgrade local stadiums

By ZBC Reporter
THE Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kirsty Coventry says it is now her responsibility to make sure that the country’s football stadia are up to standard and meet Confederation of African Football (CAF) requirements.
Following the Confederation of African Football (CAF)’s decision to ban the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) to host international matches in local stadia, Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister, Kirsty Coventry has taken up the responsibility to ensure that sporting facilities in the country match international standards.
Commenting on her official twitter page this Thursday, Dr Coventry said it is not a secret that all the stadia in Zimbabwe have been deteriorating for ages but it is now her responsibility to make sure she fixes the mess.

She added that overnight solutions will not work as she assured the nation that the situation is under control.
The decision by CAF has, however, raised emotions among football enthusiasts who have been denied a chance to watch their favourite team play on home soil.
The Zimbabwe Football Association was banned from using local stadia for national team assignments after the CAF inspection team visited the country ahead of the Warriors Africa Cup of Nations second leg tie against Algeria on the 30th of next month. ZIFA has been given a deadline of up to midnight this Thursday to choose an alternative venue for the fixture.