CAF Inspectors conduct preliminary inspection on the country’s stadiums

Inspectors from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Derek Blackensee and Mark Anthony Fish from South Africa are in the country to conduct preliminary inspection on the country’s stadiums.
The inspectors are not here for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers, including the match the Warriors are set to play the Desert Foxes at the end of this month, but for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Local media reports last week said that some CAF inspectors were set to arrive in this country to look at the National Sports Stadium and Barbourfields. A Zbcnews crew caught up with the CAF Inspectors at the national Sports stadium and spoke to them about their mission in Zimbabwe.

‘Following the draw of lots conducted to determine groups for 2022 World Cup qualifiers held in January, the Confederation of African Football is conducting inspections on stadiums that the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) earmarked for World Cup qualifiers.
‘The inspection team seconded by CAF, Derek Blackensee and Mark Anthony Fish from South Africa, will assess the National Sports Stadium and Barbourfields’ suitability to host the FIFA World Cup qualifier set for later this year.
The Zifa Spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said the first phase of the inspection will indicate areas that need to be improved takes place from the 12 to 13 March while the follow up and final phase to determine suitability to host World Cup qualifiers will be held anytime before 1 August 2020.
ZIFA made appeals to all stakeholders to continue working towards upliftment of our stadia to satisfy international standards.
‘It is our fervent hope that in the near future we can have not only National Sports Stadium and Barbourfields hosting international matches, but more stadia across the country.
There is not much time between now and August, but within that space Zimbabwe can do what needs to be done to retain our right to play home matches in Zimbabwe.
Both stadiums are currently undergoing rennovations to meet the set and required international standards.
‘’Following the draw of lots conducted to determine groups for 2022 World Cup qualifiers held in January, the Confederation of African Football is conducting inspections on stadiums that the Zimbabwe Football Association earmarked for World Cup qualifiers,’’ Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said in a statement.
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