Minister of Youth, Sports, and Recreation, Kirsty Leigh Coventry
The Minister of Youth, Sports, and Recreation, Kirsty Leigh Coventry, admitted that sporting facilities in general and stadiums, in particular, have been deteriorating over the past 20 years and suggested that local authorities, who own the facilities, should have done something to arrest the decline.
Addressing about 200 youths from different African countries on the sidelines of the 6th session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (AFRFSD) in Victoria Falls on Wednesday, Coventry said;
If you were in my shoes as Minister of Sport, what would you do with the CAF/Zifa issue where you have national stadia, not in your portfolio? For the past 20 years, stadia, just like other sporting facilities, have been going down.
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On Tuesday, the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) announced that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned Zimbabwe’s stadiums from hosting international football matches.
ZIFA is already looking for a venue outside the country to host Zimbabwe’s upcoming 2021 international football home matches.