05 NOVEMBER 2019
CHANGE OF MATCH VENUE – 2021 AFCON QUALIFIER BETWEEN
ZIMBABWE AND BOTSWANA
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 from the Bulawayo City Council
(BCC) on the issue of floodlights at Barbourfields Stadium where they could not guarantee
their good working order as they were last put to use in 2017 during the Cosafa Women’s
Championship. In the absence of such a guarantee and in pursuit of conformance with their
minimum requirements, CAF has switched the match to the National Sports Stadium to avoid
potential of flood light failure during the match-a situation that could trigger security risk to
the fans, players and officials.
ZIFA had pleaded with the continental mother body to move the match to 1500hrs on the
same day, but CAF could not grant the request as all qualifiers, across Africa, will be played
We wish to unreservedly apologise to all football lovers and stakeholders in Bulawayo and
surrounding areas for the inconvenience caused.
The ZIFA Executive Committee commits to host the next international match which is to be
played during day light at Barbourfields Stadium and that we remain committed to a rotation
system that will allow all fans an opportunity to support their team in flesh and blood.
Gate charges are Rest of the Ground: $20, Bay 15-18 $50, VIP $120.
Advance online tickets are available on www.clicknpay.africa.
FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE ZIMBABWE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
XOLISANI GWESELA , COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPETITIONS MANAGER