National Sports Stadium ban comes into effect

The ban on National Sports Stadium has come into effect after CAF’s grace period came to an end on Sunday.

The Harare venue underwent inspection last month and was given temporary approval to host the final World Cup Qualifier against Ethiopia.

The Warriors hosted the game on Sunday and played to a 1-1 draw.

The stadium is now banned from hosting senior teams’ international matches and other CAF Men’s Inter-Club competitions until outstanding issues noted in previous reports have been addressed.

Areas that require urgent attention for the stadium to meet required standards include:

  1. Individual seats in the stadium
    There should be fixed seats in all sectors of the stadium. Seats for spectators must be individual, fixed (e.g. to the floor), separated from one another, shaped, numbered, made of an unbreakable and non-flammable material, and have a backrest of a minimum height of thirty (30) cm when measured from the seat.
  2. Electronic Turnstiles
    The stadium should have modern electronic turnstiles and automated systems.
  3. Venue Operations Centre (VOC)
    The stadium must have a functional Venue Operations Centre (VOC) with a good overview of the stadium equipped with CCTV monitors. It should have an override capability over the Public Address System in case of emergency announcements. The VOC should be staffed and serve as the command centre for security and safety operations.
  4. Renovation of B – Arena
    The B Arena of the stadium should be renovated in line with CAF Training field infrastructure requirements.
  5. Other facilities in the stadium are still not up to the required CAF standard. The stadium needs to be fully modernized and brought up to the international standard requirements.
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