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Zimbabwe Football Stadia Not Suitable For International Games Says CAF

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Zimbabwe’s stadiums have been declared unsuitable for high-profile matches by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), forcing sports authorities to seek an alternative venue for an upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria.

The country’s football association (ZIFA) said Tuesday they had received a letter from Cairo-based CAF stating none of the southern African nation’s grounds met the “standards to host international matches”.

The letter was sent following a visit by CAF inspectors last November.

“CAF has made a decision to bar ZIFA from using local stadiums in all upcoming international matches,” ZIFA spokesman Xolisani Gwesela said in a statement.

“We need to put our heads together as a country to ensure that our stadiums are renovated to meet the required standards.”

Zimbabwe was due to host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Group H qualifier against holders Algeria next month.

The sports editor of Zimbabwe’s state-owned Herald202 newspaper Robson Sharuko has blamed inaction by the authorities.

“It’s embarrassing and, sadly, it appears there are some people who simply don’t care,” Sharuko said in an opinion piece on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe’s economy has been crippled by decades of mismanagement by former president Robert Mugabe and his successor Emmerson Mbioreportsgagwa.

Hyperinflation has wiped out savings, cash is short and basic goods such as fuel are hard to come by.

Facilities that were once a source of pride are dilapidated and most roads are ridden with potholes.

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