ZIFA has been exposed of its lies that it changed the venue for the Warriors 2021 Afcon qualifier against Botswana next Friday after the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) failed to give a guarantee on the working condition of the floodlights.
The match, which was scheduled for Barbourfields in Bulawayo, is now played at the National Sports Stadium with Zifa claiming the decision came after consultation with the council.
BCC yesterday released a statement exposing Zifa distancing themselves from the change of venue.
The council’s public relations officer Nesisa Mpofu rather said Zifa were informed that the floodlights are in good working condition.
“The City of Bulawayo would like to clarify the issue on the above subject matter and subsequent Press Release from the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA).
“Council is not involved in the decision on the venue for the football match nor were we involved in the proposal for the game to be held in Bulawayo.
“The City of Bulawayo did get communication from a representative from ZIFA asking about the floodlights at Barbourfields Stadium and they were duly advised through a letter after tests that the lights were in a good working condition,” said Mpofu.
BCC said they only told Zifa to engage Zesa on the availability of power given the ongoing power cuts in the country.
The Council further stated Zifa did not even made efforts to book the ground and they were going to avail a generator for standby if the floodlights and venue was paid for.
“Council however explained that there was need for ZIFA to further engage Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Company (ZETDC) taking into consideration the high power outages in the country. ZIFA was also advised that as per norm, applicants intending to use the Stadium should pay for floodlights in advance and equally meet the hire costs for the Stadium.
“The Barbourfields Stadium is reserved once all the necessary payments have been done. If no payment has been made, Council considers that there is no booking of the Stadium. In the instance of a booking made and payment done, Council avails a standby generator that has the capacity to power the floodlights in the case of an electricity outage. In this instance, the issue of the venue switch does not arise as no payments were made nor was there any booking made for the Stadium,” added Mpofu.