By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has handed the Warriors a huge boost allowing them to host Bafana Bafana ahead of the upcoming World Cup (WC) qualifier encounter in September.
CAF temporarily cleared Zdravko Logarusic’s coached side to use National Sports Stadium (NSS) in the much-anticipated fixture.
The country’ football governing body, Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) confirmed the new development on their social media pages.
“National Sports Stadium has been temporarily approved to host upcoming World Cup qualifiers,” ZIFA said.
ZIFA went on to reveal that CAF urged the country’s responsible authorities to attentively fix all outstanding issues that need to be completed at the giant stadia. These include include pitch condition, sanitary facilities, access controls, revamping of the B-Arena training facility and installation of bucket seats.
In addition, ZIFA stated that failure to address all required unfinished stadia issues will attract a penalty from CAF.
“CAF will fine ZIFA if any breaches are noted during the World Cup qualifiers,” ZIFA added.
In the WC qualifiers, Zimbabwe were placed in Group G together with South Africa, Ethiopia and Ghana.
The Warriors will play their opening match against Bafana Bafana on the 1st September before travelling to play Ethiopia away, four days after.
Meanwhile, in their last match of the first round, the Warriors face off against Ghana away on the 6th of October.