Government gives the green light to limited, fully vaccinated soccer fans in stadia

Zimbabwe Football Association Spokesperson, Mr Xolisani Gwesela

By Darlington Mutsvairi

GOVERNMENT has given the green light to 2 000 fully vaccinated football fans to watch games from the terraces in the ongoing Chibuku Super Cup tournament.

In a letter released on Wednesday, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) wrote to the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) informing them of the new development where the Minister responsible for Sport, Honourable Kirsty Coventry has given the nod to a specified maximum number of spectators allowed to attend per game.

“The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) hereby gives you notice, following your application, that the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation has approved and granted a special waiver for your application to have 2 000 fully vaccinated spectators during Chibuku Super Cup Matches”, reads part of the letter.

As a result of this development, soccer fans who last watched football from the terraces in the Castle Challenge Cup in a Highlanders vs FC Platinum encounter at Barbourfields Stadium in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown will be allowed to watch the final Group 1 Chibuku Super Cup game between Yadah and Herentals at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Saturday.

Due to the prolonged effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, like elsewhere in the world, football in Zimbabwe has been played in empty stadia since its return and fans were forced to watch either on teevision or via social media platforms.

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