The Confederation of African Football’s ban on Zimbabwe has attracted international media attention.
The Southern African country was barred from hosting upcoming international games after its stadiums failed to meet the required standards during an inspection conducted in November.
Two matches – the Afcon qualifier against Algeria and the U20 Women’s World Cup qualifier versus Ethiopia – were scheduled to take place at Bulawayo’s Barbourfields Stadium next month. But the action will now be moved elsewhere beyond the borders after the recent shocking developments.
This will be the first in the history of Zimbabwe to see national games hosted on foreign soil due to the poor state of local stadiums.
A ban from international football in Zimbabwe could have a huge impact on the country’s World Cup and African Cup of Nations hopes! pic.twitter.com/8IsogWLkoi
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) February 26, 2020
Zifa says it will appeal against the ban with a hope of bringing back the games on home soil as soon as possible.
But at the moment, the association is looking for an alternative venue in the neighbouring countries to host the upcoming matches.
All three of Zimbabwe’s main stadiums failed inspections in November, its soccer federation confirmed on Tuesday, prompting the Confederation of African Football to ban the country from hosting international matches. Adam Reed reports. pic.twitter.com/kckQ1zmHEI
— Reuters Africa (@ReutersAfrica) February 26, 2020