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ZIFA announced yesterday that they would meet with the Sports and Recreation Commission’s terms. Taking the resumption of domestic football one-step forward.

Authorities suspended local programs as part of efforts to tame the Covid-19 pandemic, and the country’s national game has been frozen for more than a year.

Foreign assignments, such as Warriors matches and FC Platinum’s CAF Champions League assignments were granted special permission.

The Zimbabwe Sports Commission reported on Monday that high-risk sports codes, such as football, will restart their practices after fulfilling certain criteria. At the same time, clubs should adhere to COVID-19 regulation in a bid to combat the spread of the virus.

ZIFA’s Stance on the Coming Back of Football

The Zimbabwe Football Association has applauded the SRC’s decision to allow football events in the country to commence.

ZIFA mentioned that they have gathered all the regulations and submitted their commitment letter to the sports Commission.

At least 48 hours before the start of training. The associations shall perform PCR or Rapid Antigen checking on all players, officials, and club personnel. These tests must be in place within a space of every 14 days of training, from the previous test.

“When competitive leagues resume, testing should be done for all players, officials and club staff, at least 48 hours, prior to commencement of competition and friendly matches,’’ the requirements stipulate.

“Thereafter, testing after every 14 days, whichever is earlier.

“Testing to be done 48hrs before games. All facilities (stadia) to be disinfected before each football game. No spectators allowed.

“All facilities to be zoned in line with IF guidelines and testing done as per the zones. All facilities, such as showers and changing rooms, to be disinfected regularly.

“ Teams to keep a logbook of all athletes, and associated sports staff entering and exiting the stadia, and keep such logbook for inspections by SRC enforcement officers, at any time, within 30 days from the date the event to which it relates, took place, and a register kept.’’

The Return of the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League

The Premier Soccer League, which is set to get the first go-ahead to restart operations, said it was ready and looking forward to the return of Zim football.

Farai Jere, the PSL Chairman, has been on a crusade to get the domestic game back, in some manner or another, for the sake of all those who depend on it for a living.

“We are excited, we have been clamouring for this. We have always said we are ready,’’ said Jere, who is also the president of five-time champions, CAPS United.

By Clive Banda

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