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Zebras-Warriors venue switch costs BFA P250,000

The Zebras will now fly to Harare, instead of driving to Bulawayo PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG
The venue switch of the Botswana and Zimbabwe Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, from Bulawayo to Harare, has cost the Botswana Football Association (BFA) at least P250,000.

The match, to be played next week Friday, was supposed to be played at Bulawayo’s Barbourfields Stadium, but has been moved to the National Stadium in Harare.

The Zebras intended to train in Francistown before boarding a bus to nearby Bulawayo, which is just 200km away from the second city.

But now the Zebras will have to fly to Harare via Johannesburg.

“The shift has cost us over a quarter of a million and disrupted even plans for our next game.

We are not happy with the way CAF

and ZIFA (Zimbabwe Football Association) went about this. We have made an official complaint and protest to CAF.  It was more of mind games than a genuine change,” BFA general manager-football operations, Monnakgotla Mojaki said yesterday.

The switch has sparked a storm in Zimbabwe, where the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) denied that the match was switched due to floodlights concerns.

The BCC said ZIFA enquired about the venue, but never followed up further, after the soccer body had been informed that it was available.




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