Harare PSL teams in a fix

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ALL Castle Lager Premiership teams from Harare will have to find alternative venues after the First Instance Board (Fib) deemed all stadia in the capital as unfit to host top flight matches.

Dynamos, Yadah FC and Harare City normally use Rufaro Stadium for their home matches while newly-promoted side Cranborne Bullets were also hoping to use the same facility.

CAPS United and Herentals are based at the National Sports Stadium while Black Rhinos had hoped to play their home games at Trojan Mine in Bindura.

However, the National Sports Stadium, Rufaro and Trojan Mine were all not given certificates to host top flight action.

Instead, the Fib chaired by Paraishe Mabhena gave the green light to only six stadia across the country — Gibbo, Vhengere, Barbourfields, Luveve, Mandava and Baobab.

The development means the teams from the capital will have to find alternative venues when the season eventually starts.

The only reprieve is that the government yesterday banned all sporting activities for the next 60 days due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) global outbreak.

This will give the stadia owners enough time to work on renovations at these venues to be ready by the time sporting events are allowed back on the calendar.

“The Zimbabwe Football Association informs your esteemed office that the following stadiums have been provisionally homologated by the First Instance Body for the 2020 season: Gibbo, Vhengere, Barbourfields, Luveve, Mandava and Baobab.

“For re-inspection of other stadiums, the procedure is as follows:

“Recommendations from the Fib Stadium report should be adhered to. Pictures and progress report should be sent first. Fib will assess whether to send an inspection team or not,” Fib wrote to the PSL on Monday.
League spokesperson Kudzai Bare said while this was a tricky situation, they hope owners of the stadia will work on their facilities to be ready when the season starts.

“On stadia, we still stand guided by Fib. However, as the PSL we hope that owners of the condemned stadia will work on the shortfalls to meet the required standards and be ready when the season starts,” Bare told the Daily News.

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