A tall order . . . Caf’s stringent requirements to lift stadia ban

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ON THE 1st of December last year, Confederation of African Football (Caf) general-secretary Mouad Hajji wrote to the Zimbabwe Football Association detailing all the work and renovations needed to be done at the National Sports Stadium, Mandava Stadium and Barbourfields Stadium.

Hadji was explicitly clear in his letter that Zimbabwe risked playing home international matches on foreign soil unless the areas of concern were addressed.

Nothing was done at all three venues and on Tuesday Caf effectively banned Zimbabwe from hosting international matches.

Some of Caf’s stadia requirements

The Daily News details some of the improvements requested to be done below:

MANDAVA STADIUM
Remarks:
lFor evening matches, the stadium must be equipped with floodlights and the Lux capacity must be according to the Caf CL match requirements;

lA minimum 1 200 Lux should be provided all over the pitch, covering uniformly every area of the playing field.
lThe doping control room must meet the following additional requirements:

lIt must contain a TV, a refrigerator equipped with non-alcoholic drinks in sealed mineral water bottles, Wastepaper bin for bottles, a ventilator and sufficient seating for at least eight (8) persons;
lThe office of the Doping Control officer must contain one (1) desk with four (4) chairs, one (1) lockable cabinet, a washbasin and a mirror, two (2) large wastepaper bins, one (1) desk for doping control equipment;

lThe toilet area must be immediately next to the doping control room, with direct private access. It must contain a seated toilet, toilet paper, a sink with running water, a mirror, towels, wastepaper bin and, if possible, a shower.
lWith regards to the seats and facilities for spectators they must be:
lIndividual seats, 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;

lThe stadium must be equipped with refreshment and catering facilities for all spectators in every sector of the stadium.

lThe Stadium must have a functional Venue Operations Centre (VOC) with:
lGood overview of the main bowl equipped with CCTV Monitors and an override capability over the Public Address System in the event of an emergency announcement. It must be properly staffed and shall serve as the safety and security command and control center.
lThe stadium must be equipped with an emergency lighting system approved by the competent local authorities for use in the event of a general lighting failure in any part of the stadium to which the public or staff have access, including all egress and evacuation routes.

lThe stadium must be equipped with a public address system. The public address system must cover both the inside and the outside of the stadium and be secured against failures of the main power supply.
lAvailability of a fully equipped first-aid facilities approved by the competent local authorities must be available for spectators in each sector of the stadium. These facilities must be clearly identified and access to them must be clearly signposted

lWith regards to the spectators with disabilities and their helpers:
lThe stadium must have dedicated access and seats for them;
lThe dedicated seats for spectators with disabilities cannot be around the playing field area and their space must be allocated in the stands;

lDedicated sanitary facilities as well as refreshment and catering facilities nearby.
lAvailability of a dedicated lounge area for the VIP and VVIP Guests.
lThe stadium must have a media centre available equipped with the following: (Refer to NSS list)
lThe stadium must have a Mixed zone are and should meet the following requirements:
Location should be between the dressing rooms and the parking area reserved for the team buses: must be covered and equipped with (Wi-Fi) Internet connections;
lSteel barriers need to be used to separate the journalists from the players and coaches;
lThe stadium must be equipped with a dedicated room for first aid and medical treatment of players and officials. Adequate medical equipment needs to be sourced and must be readily available as per the Caf requirements: (Refer to NSS requirements)

NATIONAL SPORTS STADIUM
Remarks:
lThe pitch condition must be massively improved, it should be green and marked clearly in white;
lFor evening matches, the floodlights Lux capacity must be according to the Caf CL match requirements;
lA minimum 1 200 Lux should be provided all over the pitch, covering uniformly every area of the playing field.
lThe teams and official dressing rooms are not up to the standard for professional footballers’ use. It needs general maintenance, renovation and appropriate high standard equipment.
lThe stadium must be equipped with a dedicated room for first aid and medical treatment of players and officials. Adequate medical equipment needs to be sourced and must be readily available as per the Caf requirements below:
lOne (1) examination and treatment table; Emergency Medicaments; Minor Surgery Supplies and equipment;
Automatic Ventilator; Oxygen with appropriate masks/oral airway; Splints (spinal Injuries and fractures of the limbs); Stretchers; Suction machine; I/V Drip set with emergency injections and medication; Defibrillator with rhythm and patient data recording (AED); Cardiac monitor; External cardiac pacing; Central vein catheters; Intubation equipment; Immobilisation equipment like vacuum mattress, spinal board, cervical; Collar-set; Stethoscope; BP monitor with cuff size 10cm/66 cm; Pupil lamp; Reflex hammer; Blood sugar gauge and/or blood sugar test sticks; Digital thermometer; Pulse oximeter; Capnometer.
lThe stadium must have eight (8) Stretcher Carriers (Four (4) on each side of the pitch).
lThe doping control room must meet the following requirements:
l It must contain a TV, a refrigerator equipped with non-alcoholic drinks in sealed mineral water bottles, Wastepaper bin for bottles, a ventilator and sufficient seating for at least eight (8) persons;
lThe office of the Doping Control Officer must contain one (1) desk with four (4) chairs, one (1) lockable cabinet, a washbasin and a mirror, two (2) large wastepaper bins, one (1) desk for doping control equipment.
lThe seats for spectators must be:
lIndividual, 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.
lThe stadium must have a fully equipped first-aid facilities approved by the competent local authorities must be available for spectators in each sector of the stadium. These facilities must be clearly identified and access to them must be clearly signposted.
lThe stadium must be equipped with modern electronic access controls and automated counting systems delivering real-time spectators’ attendance per sector and data analysis to the VOC and preventing the use of counterfeit tickets and overcrowding.
lWith regards to the spectators with disabilities and their helpers: The stadium must have dedicated access and seats for them;
The dedicated seats for spectators with disabilities cannot be around the playing field area and their space must be allocated in the stands;
lDedicated sanitary facilities as well as refreshment and catering facilities nearby.
lThe available Media Centre in the stadium must be equipped with the following: At least one (1) room equipped with desks, power supply, phone/Internet connections and a television must be provided for media representatives.
The available Media Tribune must be equipped with the following: Covered and centrally located in the main grandstand. It must have an unobstructed view of the entire playing area and easy access to the other media areas;
Seats with desks equipped with power supply, Internet connection (WI-FI) and LAN cables;
lThe desks must be big enough to accommodate a laptop computer and a notepad. Accessible directly from the Media Centre, the flash interview position, mixed zone and the press conference room;
lTV Screens and seats without desks must be provided.
lThe available Press conference room must be equipped with the following: camera platform, split box, sound system, (WI-FI) Internet connection and chairs — at least fifty (50) seats for the media representatives;
lAt the front, ideally the main access door, a platform with desk and seats is required for coaches, players and Caf Media officer;
lAt the rear, a camera platform 2mX3m and height 0.5m is required in the central position for the main camera;
lThe stadium must have a media centre available equipped with the following:
lAt least one (1) room equipped with desks, power supply, phone/internet connections and a television must be provided for media representatives;
lThe stadium must have a Mixed Zone area and the following additional requirements:
lSteel barriers need to be used to separate the journalists from the players and coaches; Easily accessible from the media centre and media stand.
lIn the photographer’s area (behind goals), seats, Wi-Fi, plugs, power extensions and cables must be available
lThe camera aspects must follow the below points: One (1) main camera platform must be provided in the grandstand on west side. It must be centrally situated, at a height above the pitch which guarantees optimum picture quality;
lThe main camera position must be exactly in line with the halfway line and be at a height which forms an angle of 27-35° from the horizontal plane to the centre spot;
lThe main camera position must not obstruct the view from the VIP Tribune.

BARBOURFIELDS STADIUM
Remarks:
lPitch condition must be improved, and the surface must be green and marked clearly in white
lTeam benches area need general renovation and painting
lFor evening matches, the floodlights Lux capacity must be according to the Caf CL match requirements;

lA minimum 1 200 Lux should be provided all over the pitch, covering uniformly every area of the playing field.
lImplementation of a uniform signage system around the stadium to facilitate entry/exit of people:
lApproaches to the stadium must be adequately signposted to guide spectators to their sectors;
lEntry gates, exit gates and doors must be operational and similarly clearly indicated by signs which are universally understood;
lCreation of proper signage at entrance for players, officials, fans and for VVIP area;
lInstallation of stadium specific signage from media entrance to all the various facilities for the media;
lInstallation of signage around the medical facility and throughout the stadium to notify supporters;
l The Teams dressing rooms must be of high-quality standard, with appropriate seats and lockers.
In addition, it should have:
lFive (5) individual seated toilets;
lOne (1) massage table;
lOne (1) tactical board (white board/flip chart with pens);
lGood ventilation or air-conditioning.
lThe Referees dressing must be of high-quality standard, with appropriate seats and lockers. In addition, it should have:
lFour (4) seats; Four (4) lockers; Internet connectivity; Good ventilation or air-conditioning; Fridge; Tactical Board; First-Aid kits; Electronic Substitution boards to be used during the match; Pump and Pressure gauges for the match balls.
lThe doping control room must meet the following requirements: Must be near the teams’ dressing room and it must be inaccessible to any person that is not involved with the doping control process unless an approval is granted by the Doping Control Officer;
lIt must contain a TV, a refrigerator equipped with non-alcoholic drinks in sealed mineral water bottles, wastepaper bin for bottles, a ventilator and sufficient seating for at least eight (8) persons;
lThe office of the Doping Control officer must contain one (1) desk with four (4) chairs, one (1) lockable cabinet, a washbasin and a mirror, two (2) large wastepaper bins, one (1) desk for doping control equipment;
lThe toilet area must be immediately next to the doping control room, with direct private access. It must contain a seated toilet, toilet paper, a sink with running water, a mirror, towels, wastepaper bin and, if possible, a shower.
lThe stadium must be equipped with a dedicated room for first aid and medical treatment of players and officials. Adequate medical equipment needs to be sourced and must be readily available as per the Caf requirements: (Refer to NSS list)

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