CAF BAN: Stakeholders in football call for holistic approach

By ZBC Reporter
A CROSS-SECTION of football stakeholders has called for a multi-sectoral approach to address the challenges bedevilling the country’s number one sport after Zimbabwean stadia were deemed unfit to host international matches.
In the wake of the Confederation of African Football’s correspondence banning the Zimbabwe Football Association from using local stadia to host international matches, disgruntled football stakeholders have called for a collective approach to deal with the challenges bedevilling the sport.
“This is a wake-up call for the country as a whole to move in swiftly and fix the grounds because surely it’s very sad to play home away from home. As a former footballer, I know how it feels to play in front of your home crowd it really carries the team when the going gets tough. It’s time everybody should step up and play their part,” said Thomas Sweswe, a former footballer.
“The development is really sad, we saw it coming because after the recommendations by CAF, nothing has been done so far and really we can’t blame them. The last time the local stadia were given a facelift was when Zimbabwe hosted the All Africa Games and since then nothing has been done to keep up with modern trends” noted Alois Bunjira another former footballer.
Sportscaster, Berry Manandi has come out guns blazing ultimately putting the blame on ZIFA for failing to take corrective measures in ensuring the country’s stadia meet the modern trends.
“Of course this has happened, but ultimately ZIFA as the custodians of football in Zimbabwe should have taken a step first, renovate the stadia and deal with the landlord later. Now we are faced with such a saddening development and it’s clear that the administration at 53 Livingstone Avenue has failed us. This scenario is a great disadvantage to the entire nation,” said Manandi.
Meanwhile, CAF has given Zimbabwe up to this Thursday to secure an alternative venue for the Warriors Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria on the 30th of next month.
From the look of things, it seems South Africa is the next best alternative considering the number of Zimbabwean players who are based in that country.