HARARE-THE 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Zimbabwe and
Botswana that was due to be played at Barbourfields Stadium on
November 15 has been moved to the National Sports Stadium in Harare,
Zifa has confirmed.
Zifa, after consultation with the Bulawayo City Council over the
reliability of floodlights, advised the Confederation of African
Football (CAF) on the issue and the continental mother body directed
that the game be played at the NSS at 18h00hrs.
Zifa communications and competitions manager Xolisani Gwesela later
issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon confirming the change of
“The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) wishes to advise the public
and all stakeholders that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
between Zimbabwe and Botswana initially scheduled for Barbourfields
Stadium in Bulawayo on November 15 has been moved to the National
Sports Stadium in Harare.
“Kick off for the match is 1800hrs.
“The decision to move the match follows communication between Zifa,
the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Bulawayo City
Council (BCC) on the issue of floodlights at Barbourfields Stadium,
which were last put to use in 2017 during the Cosafa Women’s
“The BCC has not tested the floodlights for conformance since then and
Zifa cannot run the risk of power failure during the match-a situation
that could trigger serious sanctions from Caf and security risk to the
fans, players and officials.
“We encourage BCC to continuously test their floodlights system so
that international matches are hosted at Barbourfields in future.
“We had pleaded with the continental mother body to move the match to
1500hrs on the same day, but CAF has made a decision that all
qualifiers, across Africa, will be played at 1800hrs.
“We wish to unreservedly apologise to all football lovers and
stakeholders in Bulawayo and surrounding areas for the inconvenience
caused,” the statement reads.
Zifa also made a commitment that the next Warriors match will
‘definitely’ be played at Barbourfields Stadium during the day.