National Sports Stadium banned

By Lawrence Trusida

THE Confederation of African football-CAF has banned the use of the National Sports Stadium for international matches until outstanding issues such as the installation of buckets seats are addressed.

Lack of proper planning and implementing recommendations made by the Confederation of African football-CAF inspection team have come back to haunt Zimbabwean football with only one international match set to be played at the National Sports stadium before the venue is barred from hosting matches for senior national teams and inter-club competitions.

This comes after an inspection of the facility on the 13th and 14th of this month which noted that several issues such as installation of bucket seats, electronic turnstiles, venue operation centre, renovation of B-arena and other facilities at the match venue are still not up to the CAF standards.

The last international match which will be played at the venue is the 2022 World Cup Qualifier between Zimbabwe and Ethiopia set for November.

Meanwhile, Warriors striker, Tinotenda Kadewere is slowly getting back to his best after featuring in Lyon’s two-nil victory over Monaco in the French Ligue 1.

Kadewere marked his second appearance since his comeback from injury after featuring for Lyon in their 2-nil win against Monaco in the French league One on Saturday.

The Zimbabwean striker was introduced as a second substitute in the 67th minute, replacing former Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri.

At one point, Kadewere found himself in a one on one situation with Monaco’s German goalkeeper, Nübel, but could not covert.

In England, Marvelous Nakamba was thrust into the fray after 67 minutes replacing Douglas Luiz in Aston Villa’s 3-2 loss to Wolves.

Elsewhere, in the South African DSTV Premiership, Willard Katsande was in the starting lineup for Sekhukhune United and played the entire 90 minutes in their one-nil victory over Cape Town City.

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